I TOTALLY AGREE WITH MR EAZI
Okay so I woke up to Mr Eazi’ tirade about Ghana’ influence on Nigerian sound, My take…
I couldn’t agree less with him.
If you are a good student of history, you will know that even our high life sound originated from Ghana, the zeal Onyias, the Victor Olaiyas, the Osadebes actually took highlife music and made it a Nigerian sound.
Our sound in Nigeria is heavily influenced by anything hot out there, and with our strength and hustle spirit we bully others into believing that we are the originators, when artists from other countries aim to become national stars, we aim to become international stars with what we stole from them.
Besides Afrobeat which Fela originated, I cannot (I don’t know much about the sounds from the south west) categorically state the numerous international stars that have emerged from Nigeria that did so without a borrowed sound. Reggae from Jamaica, Calypso from the Caribbean, Blues from American, Hip hop from America and more recently the alkeida sound from Ghana…
Runtown’ “Mad Over You”, Reekado Banks’ “Oluwa ni” and “Problems” ,Ycee’ “Omo Alhaji” Korede Bello’ “like dat” I can keep counting … So in my opinion we cannot over emphasize their influence.
But hey its art and like I always say steal without apologies.
You remember when Chris Brown wrongly credited Azonto as a Nigerian dance.