Yoruba music had already begun to include metal instruments, Juju drumming, and Brazilian practises by the 1920s. During the 1930s, Baba Tunde King was a driving force behind the Juju style. again the word juju actually comes only from the Yoruba language and means “tossing.” As a fundamental component of the performance, a member of Tunde King’s band would typically raise his tambourine into the air as an element of the presentation.
After the Second World War Tunde Nightingale combined his S’o WA mbe style with Nigerian music in order to include westernised pop influences into juju. Because his design had areas where guests at social occasions could adulate him, it quickly became popular among socialites. It is also possible that he is making a suggestive reference to the dots that his performers wear on their hips in Latest Naija music.
How is the music of Nigeria Developing?
In the 1950s, when new innovations became available, juju music began to include instruments such as the acoustic guitar, accordion, and the gangan talking drum. Many people in Nigeria regard Lord Sunny Ade as the pioneer of electronic music in the country. His band created his unusual sound by playing with a phalanx of acoustic guitars, synthesisers, and vibraphones. Nigerian music also had a role in the band’s performance.
It was in 1983 with his album Syncro System that he became the first Nigerian to ever be nominated for a Grammy Award. Yoruba music from this era, which includes Sakara, Fuji, and Apala, continues to influence contemporary musicians like Keziah Jones, who create music that is influenced by this time.
The Good Life
When Ghanaian artists dominated the social scene and clubs in Nigeria, Nigerians’ attitudes toward highlife music were very intense. Highlife music from Ghana typically reflected everyday conflicts amongst friends. It is interesting to note that music from Nigeria, particularly Nigerian highlife, with its focus on everyday life, was music that made listeners feel good. The finest places to consume highlife, both recorded and performed live, were clubs that featured a mixture of Ghanaian and Nigerian artists. These clubs were the best places to listen to highlife.
The most popular and well-known Nigerian highlife band was called Bobby Benson and the Cassandra Theatrical Party. In any event, “Sweet Mother” by Prince Nico Mbarga is the most well-known highlife track of all time and has been for quite some time. Everyone in Nigeria is familiar with this tune.
Women in Jazz
Contrary to the definitions of other musical genres, jazz would not have been popularised by female singers. Outside of Lagos, Maud Meyer was the jazz scene’s favourite in Port Harcourt. She was an evangelist for jazz in Eastern Nigeria and was adored by West Africans. This passion in jazz laid the groundwork for the Port Harcourt Jazz Festival to take place. Latest Naija music was established in 1988 by the Port Harcourt Jazz Club, and over its first three years, it included exhibits by Dizzy Gillespie, Oliver Jones, Embryo, and Nigeria music. This phase was essential in establishing jazz as a strong interest in the neighbourhood at this time. During the 1980s, Yinka Davies, along with many others, was instrumental in maintaining the vitality of Nigerian jazz.