EM­BRAC­ING AL­TER­NA­TIVE MU­SIC

THISDAY Style - - COVER -

That this cover pro­file can ex­ist, that Nige­ria now has a thriv­ing al­ter­na­tive mu­sic scene is a tes­ta­ment to the strength of an evolv­ing in­dus­try. Yes the Wizkids and Davi­dos are seek­ing world dom­i­na­tion and ex­port­ing Afrobeats to the world but there is also a place for this set of highly skilled, of­ten more so­cially con­scious, cere­bral mu­si­cians. Through their com­po­si­tions, they are bend­ing the curve, cre­at­ing new lanes, ex­pand­ing our palate of mu­sic and quite frankly what good mu­sic can and should sound like. One can­not men­tion this school with­out men­tion­ing a re­cent ‘pi­o­neer’ Asa, who proved that there is room for emo­tion heavy, nar­ra­tive driven bal­lads, folk and soul songs in the col­lec­tive discog­ra­phy of Nige­rian mu­sic. These days, this set of artists do not need to con­vince any­one. As Style Con­trib­u­tor AY­O­DEJI ROTINWA doc­u­ments here, you, dear reader are the one that should be pay­ing more at­ten­tion, seek­ing them out. You’re wel­come!

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