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American hip-hop stars catch the Nigerian music fever and they are loving it [Videos]

July 03, 2019 at 11:14 am | Entertainment

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

July 03, 2019 at 11:14 am | Entertainment

Christ Brown and Wizkid -- Photo: NigerianSounds.com

Music in Nigeria has grown steadily over the years. Since the days of the legendary Afrobeat and highlife singer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Nigerian music has gained a considerable amount of significance in the global space.

UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS-NOVEMBER 3D: Fela Kuti ,vocal, performs at Vredenburg on 3d november 1988 in Utrecht, the Netherlands ( photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns)

After the dominance of Fela and the other African stars in the 80s, music in Nigeria took a downward spin as political tensions caused fear, clipping the progress of the industry.

Fast-forward to 2001, 2Baba’s African Queen steered a significant interest from the West in African songs with an increasingly commercial value being attached to them. West African neighbors, Ghana, Cote D’ Ivoire, Benin, and Liberia caught the bug afterwards. With modern technology, music has become a global game with the strongest dominating.

2 Face Idibia released African Queen in 2004

Nigeria, till date, is leading the pack in Africa with Afrobeats stars, Davido, Wizkid and Tiwa Savage garnering commercial success across the globe and airplay amongst the world’s elite media platforms.

American stars Jay Z, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Ciara and P. Diddy among others have formed an interesting habit of either singing along or dancing to these songs whenever they are played.

We take you through the few musical moments that have excited everyone especially Nigerians.

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