From being on Nigerian forums, I have increased my knowledge of Nigerian artists 1000 fold. One DJ in Chicago, Dee Money, would release some gbedus (mixes?) as he used to call them for us to download and they were really great (I originally typed “off the chain”, but I feel like such a fraud because I’d probably never say that in person).
The thing with mixes though is you don’t always recognize the artist who is playing. So, my solution is to try and get some exposure to as many Nigerian artists as I can, so that recognition of artists will be easier.
Artists that I am familiar with (meaning that at least 50% of the time I’d guess the artist correctly):
- 2 Face
- P Square
- Styl Plus
- Wande Coal
(I’m not including the classics that I grew up listening to: Obey, Sunny Ade, and Sunny Okosun, and though I haven’t heard any of their songs used in a gbedu yet, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear some of them sampled in future songs.)
Artists I’d recognize only if they play specific songs (indicated in brackets):
- Marvelous Benjy (Just a Little)
- Mad Melon and Mountain Black (Danfo Driver)
- Olu Maintain (Yahooze)
- Sunny Nneji (Oruka)
- Tosin Martins (Olo mi)
Your turn: What Nigerian artists’ work do you admire? Is there new talent that the rest of us need to know about?
(If you want to listen to a bunch of music by Nigerian artists, the place to go is Dudu Radio (must open using Internet Explorer). It has an amazing collection of music by many artists (but look how many of them there are! This is why I turned to you.)
2014 Update: there are now a ton of different websites to learn about the latest music. A regular in past Nigerian Blog Awards nominations in the Best Music Blog category is Not Just Ok.