Music is a universal language. In fact, the need to listen to songs by man is insatiable, leading to more demand for it daily. In Nigeria, the same thing apply where its populace now crave for good songs in their places of work, on the streets, and in their other various activities.
These sounds are categorised in different manners depending on the instruments used in playing, vocals and lyrics. In all, the outcome determines the type of music to be associated with a particular track. Contemporary Nigerian music genre range from Afro pop, Rap or Hip Hop, Jazz, Afrobeat, High-life, Bongo, Gospel, to Reggae.
Today, we witness a new era of music production in Nigeria where the artist are more interested in following trends even when it goes against the existing norms of music production. I am talking about that era of going to studio to churn out half-baked songs all in a bid to continue being relevant.
Music in Nigeria used to be a source of inspiration, encouragement, good wishes and many more (whether secular or secret category). Now one can finish listening to a particular track from beginning to the end without deriving anything meaningful from it.
The disease seems to have eaten so deep into most of our artists that even the top and talented ones are now guilty of it with noisy beats and baseless lyrics.
It is true that this genre is the most popular genre amongst Nigerians owing to an increased patronage by their main artistes like Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Phyno, Flavour, Olamide, Harrysong, Kcee, Ice prince, Don Jazzy, Yemi Alade, Dremo, Rema, Fireboy DML, Joeboy, Kizz Daniel, Zoro, Lil Kesh and a host of others. While some are into Hip pop only just like M.I. Abaga, many feel comfortable combining Afro pop and Hip Hop.
Afro pop in this part of West Africa was adopted around the mid 90’s. A striking flashback notes Groups such as the Remedies which was formed in 1997 whii made this happen. It was reported that this group released two different songs- Judile and Sakomo that became popular and widely accepted by Nigerians within a short period of time.
R and B stands for Rhythm and Blues. It has some slow manner of vibes flow and penetration, witty and romantic in nature. Currently, Naija people enjoy party hits (dance songs) more than slow vibes. This contributed to puting R&B singers and songwriters here out of business since it is not receiving the needed promotion.
A notable artiste who patronize Rhythm and Blues here is Seyi Shay.
Just like Bob Marley in Reggae, the Afro-beat icon in Nigeria and the world at large is Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. He achieved this feat by adopting a lot of instruments into this genre of music ranging from dance performance, slangs, jazz beat and a lot of percussion instruments, to produce a unique version which he nicknamed Afro-beat in the year 1963.
Today, Afro-beat genre has given birth to other beautiful subcategories; such as the Afro-beat rap, Afro soul, Afro pop and so many more to mention.
This genre of music in Nigeria is mainly associated with the Easterners. It’s origin can be traced to Ghana. It is usually played in most traditional gatherings and also serves as a means of passing down information from one generation to another owing to its rich idiomatic expressions.
This kind of music can be said to be a subcategory of High-life. But since it has set itself distinct from Highlife, itbis worth mentioning.
The songs grouped here are known for their repeated drum and gong beats sometimes combined with a customized mordern day baseline.
Among the Igbo people where this kind of music can be found, it is indigenous and currently performed by Owerri people.
Some of the artists doing this kind of music include Doctor Sir Foreigner, Eluigwe Ugorji, Engr Bruno, Chimuanya, Chima Eke, Soni Bobo etc.