Author: Gift Adene

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One of the most well-known traditional dances in Nigeria is the koroso. The Hausa/Fulani tribe’s colorful and athletic Koroso dance has been performed for millennia. The creators of the first Koroso Dance Group took movement cues from a variety of Kano State’s Fulani and Hausa traditional dances and combined them to develop what is now known as the “Koroso dance.” The rattle that was fastened around the dancers’ legs gave rise to the moniker. It’s interesting to note that the dance has gained popularity over time in Kano State, where the dance group attends and performs at all significant events.…

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The pitch of the traditional talking drum from Nigeria can be adjusted to resemble the prosody and tonality of human speech. The drum is structured like an hourglass and has two drumheads—one on each end—that are joined by leather tension cords. The drumheads are formed of membranes that are wrapped around a wooden hoop, such as hide, fish skin, or other materials. The hoops are encircled by leather cords or thongs that run the length of the drum’s body. Drumming is a specialized and frequently inherited pastime in the Yoruba culture. Professional drummers were a component of the king’s court…

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Our inner feelings can naturally be expressed via dance. Most African communities incorporate dancing into important occasions, ceremonies, festivals, and weddings. Traditional dances typically vary in style, movement, and rhythm according to local customs and the performers’ religious beliefs. The Nkwa Umu Agbogho of Afikpo, Ebonyi State, is one of Nigeria’s most renowned traditional dances. We go into the nature and elements of this adorable maiden dance on today’s Saturday little chops. One of Nigeria’s well-known ethnic dances, Nkwa Umu Agbogho, which translates to “maiden dance,” has helped to popularize Africa on a global scale. Before it is formally performed…

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Ajisari or Ajiwere music was modified to become Fuji music. Traditional Islamic music known as ajiwere is played in Nigeria throughout Ramadan to energise Muslims. The usage of Yoruba language and indigenous musical instruments, together with the incorporation of Quranic allusions and references, increased the popularity of the genre within Yoruba communities. The Yoruba Sakara music genre served as an inspiration for the first Ajiwere musicians. Sakara music is made up of praise songs that only use native Yoruba instruments, like the tambourine-like little circular Sakara drum and the solemn-sounding Goje violin. Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, the lead singer and…

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How Amapiano became a Nigerian thing: The house music genre known as “Amapiano” first appeared in South Africa in 2012. Synths and broad percussive basslines distinguish this deep house, jazz, and lounge fusion. Amapiano is a fusion of several musical styles, including jazz-influenced piano/synth lines, local South African house music that dominated the airwaves in the 1990s, traditional drumming, and Kwaito. Legendary producer and pioneer of Kwaito, Oskido, claims that Amapiano has ties to Kwaito music. He observes that the sound is fundamentally similar to Kwaito’s slowed-down dance music beats in the BBC documentary This Is Amapiano. As Amapiano gained…

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One of the main traditional dances of the Abbi people of Delta State is the Ukwata dance. It is presented as part of the prestigious Ukwata Festival. On the other hand, the Ukwata Festival is a time to honor the ancestors of the land and mark the transition from one age group to another. A major celebration honoring the Abbi people’s enduring peace and harmony is conducted each year in February. The Festival also heralds in a new growing season and puts an end to the Abbi people’s agricultural operations for the year. The most eagerly awaited event of the…

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Burna Boy’s every move since ascending the throne of music appears to be one of constant disrespect for his contemporaries in the music industry and attempting to make anyone other than himself, less. This is surprising coming from someone who calls himself an African Giant and claims that the battle he is fighting is not limited to him but about respect for the African artist. Even if it’s nothing new, Burna Boy frequently appears to criticize other musicians on social media, notably Davido. On an Instagram post following Davido’s declaration of himself and Wizkid as the “2 best of all…

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The main purpose of the Ekombi dance is to amuse the audience. But along the way, it provides a glimpse into certain facets of the Efik people’s existence. The show consists of dance routines, outfits, makeup, props, music, and songs that amuse the audience while also revealing some parts of the Efik people’s beliefs. Since the Efik are a coastal people with fishing as their primary industry, their dance, the Ekombi, mimics the waves of the sea. Nigerian culture places a lot of importance on dance. The variety of our traditional dances reflects the rich diversity of our population, which…

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Amazing facts about Christmas songs, others that will get you into the festive spirit: The Christmas season is fast approaching and we are so excited and ready to be catapulted into the festive spirit! The music, the food, the love, and peace and joy that we feel during this season! Nobody is likely surprised to learn that Christmas is about much more than just donning festive hats, drinking, eating, and exchanging gifts with loved ones. Below are facts about some Christmas song and other things that will kick you into the festive spirit; “Jingle Bells” was Originally a Thanksgiving Song…

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The Yoruba people of Western Nigeria sang “Àpàlà.” The 1930s in Nigeria during the colonial era saw the development of the musical genre, which is a singing style supported by percussion. Àpàlà evolved and gained popularity in Nigeria under the influence of other genres, such as Cuban music. Apala was created as a form of cultural resistance to the British Empire’s colonial rule. Without the use of any traditional western instruments, the music is sung to the accompaniment of a bell (agogo), two or three talking drums, a rattle (sekere), a thumb piano (agidigbo), and a thumb piano. However, the…

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Controversial and alleged Nollywood actor, Uche Maduagwu, has taken to social media to slam popular billionaire and Delta-state politician, Ned Nwoko. According to Uche Maduagwu, Rita Daniels, the mother of popular actress, Regina Daniels, should be blamed for gifting her daughter, Regina, to Ned all in the name of marriage. This comes after Ned Nwoko blamed southern Nigerian men for contributing to prostitution in society by shunning polygamy. According to Ned n an interview with The Guardian, “Many women are out there on their own without husbands, especially in the southern part of the country, and there is a high level…

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Among the Yoruba people of southwest Nigeria, the Bata dance is a well-known traditional dance. Professional actors execute it, and it’s typically accompanied by music, songs, and chants. The dance involves expressive dance and a bond with rhythm, not just physical movement. Sango, a god of thunder and lightning who is also incredibly strong, powerful, and athletic, is sometimes credited with inventing the Bata dance. The dance is thought to have served as a means of communication between Sango and his followers in prehistoric times. That the dancers use their feet, hands, and shoulders to do the dance in an…

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Literally, “Atilogwu” means “Is this magic?” The first times the dance was performed are where the name first appeared. The dynamic Atilogwu dancers’ impressive abilities and methods astounded spectators and watchers, who questioned whether magic was used to achieve the dance routines. That is how enthralling the Atilogwu dance is. Nigerian culture places a lot of importance on dance. As varied as our national population and regional cultures are, so are our traditional dances. The traditional dances performed at festivals differ from those performed at other ceremonial events because different dances are used for different occasions. Some traditional dances involve…

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The variety of Nigerian lifestyle, weather, trade, culture, and traditions are portrayed through musical instruments. In Nigeria, the differences in trade, tradition, social lifestyle, and environment are merged into a vibrant music culture. Natural resources obtained from various places are used to build one-of-a-kind musical instruments that are in tune with the vibrancy and richness of traditional Nigerian music. For instance, the dense vegetation of southern Nigeria makes it simpler for the locals to craft massive wooden musical instruments using wood from their forest. Similarly, string instruments like the Goge are made in northern Nigeria using local materials like the…

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The handcrafted Ṣẹ̀kẹ̀rẹ̀ (Pronounced Shekere) is a popular musical instrument in West Africa. It is made up of a hollow dried gourd or calabash that has been coated with a net of seeds, beads, or shells on the outside. Despite being a West African native, the word “Shekere” also appears in song and culture from Latin America and the Caribbean. Ground-grown vine gourds are used to make the Shekere. The gourd’s form largely affects how the instrument sounds. After the gourd has been dried for several months, the pulp and seeds are removed to create a shekere. Skillful beading and…

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Diss records and the evolution of Hip-Hop (Indigenous Rap) in Nigeria: Names like Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, Cardi B and others now indicate that the rap genre has shown itself deserving of its position as one of the top music genres in America. Hip-hop has long been misunderstood, and there have been arguments about who is selling out and who is keeping it authentic, old school versus new school, and whether or not beef promotes violence or improves rap skills. These arguments will continue indefinitely, but to be clear, hip-hop is a culture that includes…

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“Owanbe” or “Owambe” is a big, extravagant celebration hosted by Nigerians that includes lots of food, dancing, loud music, and spraying (the Nigerian practice of throwing money on a dancing person); it is regarded as a method of praising the celebrant. Owanbes include extremely expensive party supplies, bags, trinkets, matching shoes, etc. One practice that has endured and even appears to be spreading like wildfire among Nigerians is the Owanbe custom. Aso-ebi, juju/fuji music, a variety of foods, and a lot of alcohol are essential elements of a good Owanbe party. Social activities are one of our most common points…

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The name of the Igbo musical genre known as “ogene” comes from the ogene instrument. The music originates in Achi in Enugu State and Awka in Anambra State and is historically linked to the Igbo masquerade cult. Traditional dance and music are essential components of Igbo culture. They act as a symbol of identification and a common bond between the people. The Southeastern Nigerian Igbo people are gifted with a variety of musical and dance acts that represent their culture to a wider audience. Igbo people have been observed holding traditional music or dance performances in contemporary societies to draw…

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If you enjoy music, especially the amapiano genre, you’ve probably seen that it has been taking over the South African and African music scenes. And if you’re as fascinated as we are, you’ve probably tried to learn more about the genre. Amapiano is an intriguing trajectory and one many did not expect to evolve the way it has done so far. Although it began in South Africa, the music that is now known as amapiano didn’t initially go by that name 10 years ago. Amapiano, a fusion of jazz, deep house, and lounge music, began as a subculture but gained…

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Spotify announced the release of Wrapped 2022 for Nigeria, a look at the songs that helped local fans define the year musically. Our musical tastes reveal a lot about who we are. Spotify subscribers receive a complete overview of their favorite musicians, authors, and songs as part of Wrapped 2022. Additionally, as part of this year’s entertainment, Audio Day displays how Spotify users’ musical preferences change throughout the course of the day, and the new Your Listening Personality feature informs users of their listening habits and what that reveals about their musical preferences. Each user is given one of 16…

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