Every week the excellent So Shifty guys will bring you a performance that they deem #unf*ckwithable. You can give them suggestions on twitter just using that hashtag but ultimately they will decide. This week’s edition is from the King of Nigerian Pop music D’Banj. You may know him from Oliver Twist but beforehand he was making some of the best pop music in the world.
So there has been a recent signing spree for African artists which i like to liken to the Space Race between the Us and Russia. Allow me to continue this laboured analogy by saying that Akon is currently in the lead (like Russia was) by releasing the remix of the latest P Square. He has signed Africa’s number 1 boyband (although they have been around for a while now they should be a manband) as well as my fave African rapper M.I. and i think Wiz Kid (aka the Wiz Khalifa of Africa). By the way the United States in this analogy is Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music, who signed D’Banj and Don Jazzy. This is it; the opening salvo and you can tell that P Square can’t believe it really because this is a quote from underneath the video “Akon of Konvict Music, you best believe that cause he featured on this track.” The song isn’t the greatest but it does mark the first salvo in the African music Space Race.
In other Us x Nigeria music news the rumour is that D’banj has managed to get Rick Ross to feature on his next LP.
This Saturday is not only the return of HDD at the Camp but also Nigerian independence day (51 years old baby). So we at HDD decided to list the top 5 songs that represent Nigeria right now. You will not find any Fela Kuti on this list because although he is a legend, Nigerian music has evolved into a mix of american hip hop, pop and r and b. You can still find the African influence but you can also trace various outside influences in this growing genre. Music is still 1 of the few ways to escape poverty in Nigeria and with a various appetite and an intriguing record selling platform a nobody can become a superstar in days.
I make no secret of the fact that i love african influence in dancehall, whether it’s Dance and Dingolay, Jafrican riddim or Busy getting his D’Banj on the track Mad Mi. In the latest video from Spice continues on this tradition with a wicked African influenced video. From the African print dresses, to the hunters and the clay bowls (keeping it old school). This video has it all, the song itself sees Spice continue to stake he claim as the number one dancehall queen.