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Onitsha

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 296,004 (1996)Hugging the eastern bank of the Niger River, the Nigerian city of Onitsha is reputed to have the largest popular music market in Africa. Before the Nigerian civil war (1967–70), popular music bands playing live...

Sákárà

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Sákárà is a contemplative Islamic-influenced Yorùbá popular musical genre. The dominant stylistic characteristics of sákárà music include recitative/declamation, the drone-like melody of the gòjé (fiddle), instrumental preludes...

Highlife, Igbo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Igbo highlife is a popular music style with lyrics in the Igbo language (including its various dialects) as well as in Pidgin English. Themes of songs are drawn from a rich reservoir of Igbo folklore, native philosophies and social...

Naija Pop

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Naija pop is a general term that came into common usage around 2012 to describe the popular music of Nigeria. ‘Naija’ is Lagos slang for Nigeria. Naija pop music, purveyed by a new generation of artists including D’Banj, P-Square, Wizkid...
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...As the principal interpreter of Nigerian juju music, King Sunny Adé was one of the first African artists to reach a global audience. Born into a royal family of the Yoruba people in Ondo State, Nigeria in 1946, Adé began his musical career...

Rex Lawson

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...Nicknamed “Cardinal Rex,” the Nigerian bandleader and trumpet player Rex Lawson died tragically at the height of his career as the country’s most popular highlife musician. Born in 1935, Lawson became afflicted with smallpox at a young age...
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...Known professionally as the “Chief Commander,” Ebenezer Obey’s career trajectory mixed innovative musical performance with traditional music and lyrics and song structure. Obey was born in the Nigerian state of Ogun in 1943 to Egba-Yoruba...

Northern Nigeria

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...The northern region of Nigeria contains some 19 of the 36 states that comprise the federal republic of Nigeria. These include Bauchi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara. The main urban centers are Kano...

Aṣíkò

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...The term ‘aṣíkò’ describes a set of styles that emerged in West Africa in the twentieth century and were popular in several countries in the period from the 1930s to the 1960s. All varieties, whether Sierra Leonean, Nigerian or Cameroonian,...

Palmwine Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘Palmwine’ music is a term used retrospectively to describe collectively various early twentieth-century West and Central African music styles that originated from a combination of local instruments with the portable ones of visiting...