The Overwhelming elation that welcomed the news of our own Burna Boy winning the Grammy’s in the Best Global Music Album Category was not limited to Nigeria, it infact transcended the African continent and the Diaspora.
Burna Boys creative infusion of Hip-hop with the iconic late Fela Kutis Afro beat has given the global music genre a renewed Jinja which the music world has been forced to appreciate and recognise.
This is in actual fact an official recognition of the prevailing domination of Nigerian music across Africa and the Diaspora.
Nigerian music has dominated the African music scene for years, Global music here we come.
This Grammy Awards should not only serve to glorify Nigerian music but serve as a further impetus for Burna Boy and every aspiring Nigerian Artist to focus on working harder and setting higher standards as Burna Boy himself affirmed in his acceptance speech… Dont let anybody stop your dreams and aspirations if Burna can win the Grammys of course you can tooo… Very inspirational indeed.
The glory days for the Nigerian music Industry has just begun and long may it gloriously continue.
Burna Boys winning album had strategic collaborations and fuisions thus putting it on a right pedestal for the global. music accolade
Our own STAR BOY Wizzy an illustrious and creative artiste also won a well deserved Best music Video Awards.
It is worthy to note that other Nigerian Artistes also had nominations in different categorys.
It’s also imperative to affirm that being nominated for the Grammy’s alone signifies a strong professional recognition and success in path, as the Industry saying goes, all nominees are potential winners, sincere Congratulations to you all.
In hindsight we must pause and graciously look back as we give heartfelt kudos to our Legendary music Industry stakeholders dead and living who paid hefty dues by creating the much needed foundation and pathway for today’s remarkable success stories.
Today a Nigerian Artist can command N10m per gig depending on ratings.
Noteably the likes of the late Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, Idris Abdul-Kareem ,Lagbaja ,my humble self, the media
amongst others played major defining roles towards laying a solid foundation for today’s thriving music Industry through different conceived visionary ideas and actions,we remain proud that our noble efforts were not in vain.
Today’s Nigerian music trend a creative fuision of Hip-hop and Afrobeat was polarised globally by the creativity and singular vision and sagacity of the late iconic Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Idris Abdul -Kareem at his prime with the 50Cents saga fought for the welfare of the Nigerian artiste thou the issue was allowed to degenerate due to naivity, lack of professional ethics and certain personal interests, costing Idris his Livelihood, Corporate ban and millions in professional fees.
I emphatically stress again at the prime of his career.
Lagbaja was the first Nigerian artist to stand firm and insist on N1m per gig in his motherland days creating a pathway for others to follow.
I humbly and personally set the stage, broke the barriers and changed the narrative by introducing and visibly creating a near level playing field for Nigerian and the International Artists through promotional ingenueity and embolding today’s relationship trend with the advent of Wyclef Jean first One week,,
5 City, 5 Gigs Tour of Naija as a notable game changer amongst others.
For the very first time in the history of the Nigerian music Industry International and Nigerian artists recorded tracks, shot videos, rode in the same vehicles, partied together, stayed in the same hotels, became personal friends and related freely without any barriers, Nigerian artists were no longer seen as outcast in there own country they were recognised and seen as equals professionally, the apathy was gone, finally the jinx was broken.
Our Legendary efforts as it may would have been meaningless if today’s young creative minds had not imbibed the philosophy by taking it to the next level thus creating a globally acclaimed award winning Industry.
This are indeed exciting times for the Nigerian music Industry and long may it continue.
It was notably disheartening when occurrences like the Ghana Lounge brawl was reported, as artistes, major stakeholders and role models we must be mindful of our PR/ hype/beef strategy, brand perception and it’s effects and implications on our overall brand and Industry globally.
It was magnanimous indeed to hear that Davido has officially Congratulated Burna Boy on his Grammy’s… Great way to go.
On a lighter mood what is the performance fee for a Grammy Award Winner ?
Once again Congratulations to OLUWA Burna, STAR BOY Wizzy other Grammy nominees and Nigerian artists in general
Long Live the Naija Music Industry.
YABATECH STARTS MUSIC CERTIFICATES COURSES
One of Nigeria’s foremost institutions of learning, the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) has decided to meet the yearnings of many Nigerian youths by introducing the first of its kind music certificate courses.
The program which is the brain-child of YABATECH Consult Limited an entity of Yaba College of Technology in collaboration with Diamond Well Integrated Concepts Limited will be offering Basic Certificate in the following courses;
Music Production and Engineering
This three months program is structured to address the pressing demand for courses that will solve problems ravaging Nigeria booming music industry in terms of Production and Engineering, Law and Business.
The program will also help tilt the exuberance of many Nigerian youths towards creative and marketable music.
For more information, visit our website (http://yabatech.edu.ng/music)
Fuji Musicians With The Most Fan Base
Fújì is a popular Nigerian musical genre. It arose from the improvisational wéré music, also known as ajísari meaning “waking up for sari”.
The genre began as a modification of a traditional Islamic style of music used to wake Muslims up during the Ramadan fast in Nigeria.
Ayinde Barrister is known as the originator of Fuji music.
Below is a list of Fuji musicians with the most fan base:
Pasuma or Oganla 1 is a film actor, Fuji musician, Songwriter, actor and philanthropist.
As a teen, Pasuma loved listening to King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall (KWAM 1) album ‘Talazo’ and he claims that the album inspired his decision to become a Fuji musician.
The 53-year-old Mushin, Lagos born has 614k and 19.8k followers on his Instagram (verified) and Twitter pages respectively.
King Saheed Osupa (K.S.O) is a Fuji musician, film actor and Hip Fuji creator.
Saheed Osupa started music professionally as a teenager in 1983. In 2008, he was declared the “King of Fuji Music” by Ayinde Barrister.
The 51-year-old Ajegunle, Lagos born has 439k and 8.1k followers on his Instagram (verified) and Twitter pages respectively.
Sulaimon Alao Adekunle better known as Ks1 Malaika is a songwriter, singer and performer.
He started playing and performing music from an early age in a quranic school in the suburb of Lagos known as Agege.
The 48-year-old has 275k and 12k followers on his Instagram (verified) and Twitter pages respectively.
K1 DE ULTIMATE
King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (K1 De ultimate) or K1 popularised a brand of the Fuji genre based on the work of the Fuji creator Ayinde Barrister known as Talazo Fuji that appeals to all age groups, irrespective of tribe and background.
The 64-year-old Lagos born has 275k and 1,316k followers on his Instagram (verified) and Twitter pages respectively.
Abass Akande Obesere, also known as Omo Rapala or Papa Tosibe forced his way into the limelight through his unusual music style and slangs usage that throws his fans into frenzy.
His song “Egungun be careful” which trended in 2020 was actually a remix of one of his old songs.
The 56-year-old Ibadan born has 177k and 10.1k followers on his Instagram (verified) and Twitter pages respectively.
Popularly known as Queen Salawa Abeni, she began her professional career when she released her debut album titled: “Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed,” in 1976, on Leader Records. It became the first recording by a female artist in Yoruba Songs to sell over a million copies in Nigeria.
The 59-year-old, Epe, Lagos born has 125k and 836 followers on her Instagram (verified) and Twitter pages respectively This according to THE NATION
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