Born Mabel Oine Alubo, 24 year-old Bella Alubo is an up and coming Nigerian artist. Bella signed with Tinny Entertainment in December of 2016, after being recognized for a cover of Kanye West’s song ‘Therapy,’ and has features with mainstream artists like YCee.
While being branded as Pop, Afrobeat, and Hip Hop, Bella reinforced her Hip Hop standing late last year in a cover of Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow.’ While this cover only has 6,000 views, compared to her pop and afrobeat videos that have over 100,000, she uses this platform to show her lyrical abilities. Continue reading “Defying the Norm”
Last year when upcoming Nigerian artist Saeon Moruda decided to bring on fellow Nigerian artist, she created a form of protest music that spoke to the state at large. In the single #Aii (Remix) they tell the people at whole that everything is going to be alright.
With artists YCee, Vector, Iceberg Slim, and Terry Apala, they addressed the dwindling political state of Nigeria, along with the hardships they have faced as rappers within the Nigerian community. It speaks as a form of protest music because it tells the people that they’re going to be alright, and points out the flaws within the government, but doesn’t call for the people to act out against the government. Continue reading “Everything’s Going to be Alright”
Nigerian rapper Saeon Moruda was interviewed on TVC Breakfast earlier this month (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY8rPYgPdYY&feature=youtu.be&a). The reporters noted that she was set to dominate in a male dominated genre, yet proceeded to ask her incredibly sexist questions throughout her interview and interrupt her several times while she attempted to answer. Early on in Saeon’s interview, one of the reporters asked her why she chose to pursue rap, “when many females would rather do normal vocals…because your music seems to be hardcore hip hop”. Saeon was not phased by the degrading tone of the reporter, and proceeded to answer the question by explaining that her shift from pop music to rap was motivated by those who kept telling her how she should sound, as opposed to being able to find her own voice. Continue reading “Saeon Moruda: The Rule Breaker”
In his 2016 song You Rappers SHould Fix up Your Life, Nigerian rapper M.I. is critical of the current hip hop scene. The essence of hip hop
Scholar Adam Haupt wrote that when artists use multilingual word play, “parallel discursive universes” are created that allow the artist to switch between reaching their own local audience, and a larger “white discursive universe”. This theory is proved true in “Queen Kong” by Pryse featuring Eva Alordiah. Within the first 20 seconds of the song, Pryse blends Pidgin and English by referring to herself as “the reformed badoo”. Badoo is slang with a number of meanings, including chief or a bad guy that is a leader of a gang. Continue reading “2 Queen Kongs in Nigeria”
The opening credit reads, “Somewhere in Africa”, showing a well-groomed lawn, large home, or school presumably, and a classroom that could easily be transposed into American society. The clothing worn by the students is very heavily influenced by American culture, with large headphones, sports jackets, and elaborately jeweled outfits can be seen throughout. In fact, the first noticeably “African” element of the film is the accent heard from the first female speaker. There is a heavy emphasis on materialism in this video. From the gold watches and headphones, to the cars that Diamond Platnumz and Mont Flavour lean against in their solo shots, each character has a unique style that still manages to conform to a trans-Atlantic image of what hip-hop culture should embody. Continue reading “Diamond Platnumz and Mr Flavour Re-examine what Hip-Hop Looks Like in ‘Nana’”
When I was in preschool until I reached 7th grade, I remember my dad used to always play these cassette tapes. Yes, cassette tapes. CDs were around and even the radio was available. My dad loved (which is a definitive understatement) his cassette tapes. Randomly, the parts of the songs will come back to my memory. I don’t remember the titles nor the artists’ names. What I can’t forget is how they made me feel. Continue reading “I Keep Playing It Again & Again: How Zoro’s Hit Song ‘Ogene’ Took Me Back to My Childhood”
Within the hip hop community, especially in Africa, there is a constant battle between whether artists are focusing on the fundamentals of hip hop or going where the ‘mainstream’ money is. With the upcoming artist YCee, this is no different. Continue reading “Is YCee Mainstream”
No Country For Dreamers- Boogey
While no Nigerian musician has notably been an outspoken critic on the politics of Nigeria since the legend Fela Kuti, up and coming rapper Boogey makes a political statement through music with his track “No Country for Dreamers”. Boogey attempts to explain the tough current political climate of Nigeria through rhyming despondently about his country’s shaky future. Continue reading “Nigeria’s Boogeyman”
This is a special episode produced by our students for their project looking at Nigerian musicians: In our episode, we are focusing on the top five Nigerian artists that have an influence in American mainstream media. We are giving you a breakdown of these artists, their beginnings, and of course, a listen to one of their most popular songs. Each artist has their own distinctive style and sound, and some even do much more than just sing/rap. You should definitely have heard one of these artists on the radio, or even while you’re out partying, but if not, be sure to listen and get to know a bit about each of them. Stay tuned all the way to the end to hear which American hip-hop artists we think they should collaborate with.
Follow the artists we discussed on social media to keep up with their music, events, and more!
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sounds-from-the-other-side/id1245549634?app=music
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/davido/id254654363
3. Tekno Miles
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/ng/album/diana-single/1165390646
4. Korede Bello
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/korede-bello/833611554
5. Maleek Berry
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/last-daze-of-summer-ep/1158084658
This is a special episode produced by our students for their project looking at Nigerian musicians: In our episode, we are focusing on the top five Nigerian artists that have an influence in American mainstream media. We are giving you a breakdown of these artists, their beginnings, and of course, a listen to one of their most popular songs. Each artist has their own distinctive style and sound, and some even do much more than just sing/rap. Continue reading “Student Project: 5 Nigerian Artists to Know”