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The History Of Juju Music In Nigeria Part 1



Jùjú is a style of Nigerian popular music, derived from traditional Yoruba percussion. The name comes from a Yoruba word “juju” or “jiju” meaning “throwing” or “something being thrown.”Juju music did not derive its name from juju, which “is a form of magic and the use of magic objects or witchcraft common in West Africa, Haiti, Cuba and other South American nations.” It evolved in the 1920s in urban clubs across the countries, and was believed to have been created by AbdulRafiu Babatunde King, popularly known as Tunde King. The first jùjú recordings were by Tunde King and Ojoge Daniel from the same era of the 1920s when Tunde King pioneered it. The lead and predominant instrument of Jùjú is the Iya Ilu,”‘ talking drum.

Some Jùjú musicians were itinerant, including early pioneers Ojoge Daniel,  and the “blind minstrel” Kokoro.

Afro-juju is a style of Nigerian popular music, a mixture of Jùjú music and Afrobeat. Its most famous exponent was Shina Peters, who was so popular that the press called the phenomenon “Shinamania”. Afro-juju’s peak of popularity came in the early 1990s.

Following World War II, electric instruments began to be included, and pioneering musicians like Earnest Olatunde Thomas (Tunde Nightingale), Fatai Olagunju Rolling DollarI. K. DairoDele Ojo, Ayinde BakareAdeolu Akinsanya (Baaba eto) Sunny Ade ,Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi , Idowu Animashaun(Apola King),Toye Ajagun (Uncle Toye) 

made the genre the most popular in Nigeria, incorporating new influences like funk, reggae and Afrobeat and creating new sub genres like yo-pop. Some new generation  juju artistes include Wale Thomson, Dele TaiwoDayo Kujore,Segun Nabi(Mr. pamela) Abel Dosumu(Mega 99) Seyi Akins,Yinka Best, Oludare Olateju (Ludare) Tunde Samson and Segun Blessing.

Juju music, like apala, sakara, fuji, and waka was created by Muslim Yoruba, the music itself remains secular. King Sunny Adé was the first to include the pedal steel guitar, which had previously been used only in Hawaiian music and American country music.

Jùjú music is performed primarily by artists from the southwestern region of Nigeria, where the Yoruba are the most numerous ethnic group. In performance, audience members commonly shower jùjú musicians with paper money; this tradition is known as “spraying”.

One of the centers of the performance of jùjú music is in Ibadan. Most jùjú musicians are based in the zone of market forces, and most of these are in an area of immigrant neighborhoods. There are several contexts in which jùjú music is performed. One of these contexts is ‘the Hotels’. The Hotels are concentrated in the immigrant areas and they serve as taverns, dance halls and brothels. They range from very small wooden structures to clusters of two or three building with a stage in the middle.

Most activity takes place after nine pm and the hotels are the center of Ibadan’s nocturnal economic structure. One of the economic activities associated with the hotels is the sale of drinks and food. The Hotels are seen as places of relaxation, where patrons, mainly men, come to escape every day life. They are places where people can come to do things that they might not want to be seen doing at home. The jùjú music performed is not the focus of the venue but most patrons prefer live music to records.

The bands that perform do not have a guaranteed wage; instead they rely upon donations from patrons. Most bands will only perform during the weeknights, leaving the weekends free for more lucrative gigs. Another context in which jùjú music is played is at celebrations called àríyá. These celebrations are parties which celebrate the naming of a baby, weddings, birthdays, funerals, title-taking, ceremonies and the launching of new property or business enterprises.

These events are sponsored so the musicians are guaranteed payment. The wealth of the hosts and the guests is shown through their reward to the entertainers. It is customary to press the contribution to the musician’s forehead so that everyone can see how wealthy they are. The musicians will often return good payment with praise songs to the donors. Live music is crucial to the proper functioning of an àríyá.

By Faleye Oluwatosin and Wikipedia





Sound sultan

…As six vocalists battle for a chance to make the last four on The Voice Nigeria Season 3. Late legendary Nigerian rapper, singer and lyricist, Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi popularly called Sound Sultan who passed on July 11 was honoured with a medley performance of his songs by the celebrity coaches and their talents as a glowing tribute in recognition and celebration of his contribution to the music industry. 


Sound Sultan, a highly influential but jovial and unassuming singer is renowned to have mentored many award-winning musicians and wrote many hit songs.


The grand finale of the Voice Nigeria Season 3 is billed for this weekend, with the top six talents seeking viewers and fans’ votes to win the N10m grand prize and other mouth-watering gifts.


Meanwhile, Episode 17 saw great vocalists Anu and Nuel Ayo exit the show while Naomi Mac, Esther, Dapo, Kitay, Kpee and Eazzie continued the race as the last six out of the 25 talents who scaled the

Auditions and started the contest.


Kitay in Team Yemi-Alade, Dapo and Naomi Mac in Team Falz, Eazzie in Team Waje with Esther and Kpee in Team Dare all survived by numerous votes from their fans.


The race to the finals of the Voice Nigeria season 3 continues to heat up as the six finalists gun for the N10 million cash, a car, and a record deal with Universal Music Nigeria.


During Episode 17 last weekend, the last six vocalists performed various songs and are hoping with their powerful performances to get maximum votes from fans for a chance to remain in the



Esther opened the weekly show with a beautiful performance of Beyonce’s Love on Top, then Dapo with Michael Bolton’s When A Man Loves A Woman, followed by Kitay with Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing.


Naomi Mac sang Brenda Fassie’s Vuli Ndlela, Kpee with Fireboy’s Vibration while a very emotional Eazzie closed out with I’m Not Telling You by Jennifer Holiday before Host, Nancy Isime announced that Season 4 will be coming soon.


Episode 18 which comes up this weekend will have only four talents perform and fight for the grand prize via the highest viewers votes while the two talents with the least votes are dropped.


To keep their favourite vocalists on the show, viewers have to dial *894*7*talent’s code#.


The voting code of your preferred contestant to win the competition is in the embedded Instagram post below:


Voting, which opened on Saturday at 9:00 pm, closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday (today).


For over three months, with an electrifying mix of pulsating musical performances, music training, glamorous fashion and awesome entertainment, The Voice Nigeria 3 continues to dazzle to the very grand finale.


UN1TY Limited and Livespot360, producers of the global talents reality series, also emphasised that public voting has become very crucial at this final stage to keep participants on the voice Nigeria season 3, as sponsored by FirstBank, Baba Ijebu and Airtel.


Scores of vocalists have performed on the highly competitive musical TV reality series but dropped out going through the Auditions, Blinds, Knockouts, Battles and Live Show stages.

Whoever emerges as the winner will automatically make his or her coach the winning coach of the season. Waje, who has been part of the show since its inception, won the inaugural season.


Apart from versatile singers including Darey, Yemi Alade, Waje and Falz who doubled as both celebrity coaches and judges, Nancy Isime and Toke Makinwa, co-hosts of the show have added great colour to the third season.


The first season of The Voice Nigeria was broadcast on Africa Magic from April 10 to July 31, 2016.

Agharese Emokpae popularly known as A’rese, a 28-year-old stage actress, won the first season while Daniel Diongoli, professionally known as Idyl, won season 2.


The music reality TV show is designed to discover and promote talented singers to actualise their dreams of becoming international stars.


Lead show sponsor, First Bank in a statement by its Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, reiterated that The Voice Nigeria 3 is a Reality TV show designed to discover and promote talented singers to actualise their dreams of becoming international stars which aligns with First Bank’s commitment to providing a platform for nurturing

and showcasing talents and driving social cohesion.


The Financial giant added that its support for The Voice Nigeria 3 is a demonstration of First Bank’s commitment to contributing to the projected revenue of US$86m by 2021 from Nigeria’s music industry aimed at promoting a diversified economy in line with the Federal Government’s

diversification policy.


For more details on the show, do visit the Bank’s official website

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Popular Gospel Singer, Kemi Adeyale To Hold 2-in- 1 Event



Evangelist Kemi Adeyale and her glorious voices is one of the very few Nigerian born gospel singers making strong waves in diaspora. The band is based in United state of America.


The sonorous voice singer who is also a professional caterer is ready to set the city of Annapolis agog with his two in one event


The event, according to the humble singer of God is the launching of her new album titled ‘His Praise’ and her annual praise concert.


The epoch making event would hold on September 19th at 13711 old, Annapolis road, Bowie MD 20729.


Kemi Adeyale has been in entertainment world over a decade with many albums to her credit.


She however, enjoined all her fans to come out enmass to celebrate her on this special day.

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Entertainment Has Lost Mr Cool” Laface Laments Sound Sultan’s Demise



One of the architects of what is today known as the New Age Nigeria entertainment industry, Tunde Oshinibusi popularly known as Laface, has lamented the death recently, of Lanre Fasasi aka Sound Sultan.



In a tribute to Sultan, by Laface and made available to ThePageNews,  Laface recounts his first meeting with the young, late talented singer,actor and Master Compere whom he described as a great asset to the industry.


Laface tribute is reproduced below unedited:
My first meeting with Lanre as I fondly call him was in the company of 2baba who had just left plantation boys with Faze and Black.


We met to discuss a planned gig,  I took a special liking to the multi talented instrumentalist which was quiet strange considering the simplicity of 2baba himself,that initial meeting brought us closer over the years, so when the opportunity came to be a major part of history and rebirth of todays naija music scene, he could not be ignored and he indeed stood up to be counted in that defining moment, Lanre was one of the few artistes I called to have a one on one with Clef which was then a taboo in Nigeria,back then International artists were seen as demi-gods who there Nigerian counterparts must never be allowed to relate with,they were just in Nigeria to perform and go, I did the unthinkable I broke the jinx.


Lanres one on one with Clef became a major catalyst for today’s success story.


This benevolent act signalled the birth of a great friendship between Clef a chart busting American act and the then young Sound Sultan which I believe lasted until he passed on.


In Lanre at the time Clef saw greatness in its raw form and a unique penchant for creativity and I remember him saying Damm Laface u sure this kid is Nigerian,at the first ever showcase nite of Nigerian artistes for Clef, he was blown away by Lanres composition, delivery and of course his instrumental dexterity he went on to do a track and video with Sound Sultan 2baba Faze and Ara the first of its kind to date by an International artists on tour of Nigeria, Lanre can easily be referred to as a great pioneer for today’s music culture, knowing Lanre his kind soul and over a decade long friendship with Clef must have impacted on a lot of aspiring and younger artistes.


We LOVE you Lanre but the Almighty Allah knows best, to his amiable and loving family I say the almighty God will grant you the fortitude to bear his monumental loss as Naija mourns our own Mr Cool

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