Nigerian region and their genres

In recent years, the Nigeria music has grown beyond our imagination, all thanks to sensational artistes like, 2baba, Davido, Wizkid, D’banj, Olamide and many others that have taken Naija music to Africa and beyond.

This days, our artistes are now been featured by their foreign counterpart and if there ever was a dream for the Nigerian music industry, we can proudly say, it’s now achieved.

The fact that everything started from here can’t be neglected and we can’t thank the different regions in Nigeria for blessing us with the prominent artistes that have made the industry great, while also cementing the region as the one that produces the best artistes in a particular genre.

North – Rap/Hip-Hop

There’s no argument that northern Nigeria produces the best rappers. It’s very evident in the fact that Jos has been critically acclaimed “the rap capital of Nigeria,” having produced hot rappers like M.I, Ice Prince, Classiq, Jesse Jagz and Mode 9 (to mention a few, although there are a whole lot of them). There’s a certain poetic side to rappers who come from the North (especially Jos) that we don’t really see from rappers in other regions. The best thing about rappers bred in the north is, they aren’t commercial rappers. They have their fanbase, stick to it and deliver every time they release a song.

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East – Highlife/Soul/Reggae

The eastern part of Nigeria has never failed to deliver on our regular demand for highlife, soul and reggae from the days of great legends like Osadebe, Ebenezer Obey and Onyeka Onwenu. The likes of Big Lo, J Martins, Chidinma, Zorro, and Flavour, have continued to produce this trend and are party favorite when it comes to performing at live shows that require live bands. Even rappers like Phyno and the late MC Raw infused highlife in their songs to create hip-hop-highlife.

South – Dancehall/Highlife/Urban Music

Aside being the number 1 revenue-generating region in Nigeria, the south literally own urban music. The way southern artistes infuse and effortlessly mix other genres together to form great songs is something that never ceases to amaze the general public. Artistes like Timaya, Duncan Mighty, Burna Boy, Muma Gee, Timi Dakolo, Sammy Okposo, and the late Keffi, have the amazing ability to mix other genres with their own native sounds to create beautiful music, you can’t help but bring out your handkerchiefs, bend down, and start dancing cultural dances to.

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West – Afropop/Fuji/Afrobeats

Even though the artistes that dominate this region are migrants, the region itself is seeped to its bone marrow in afrobeats (which the late Fela Kuti invented and popularised), Fuji and Afropop. Artistes like Lagbaja, Kiss Daniels, Adekunle Gold, D’Banj, Reekado Banks, Wizkid, Davido, Mayorkun and many, many artistes have continued this trend and made sure Fela’s legacy will continue living on for generations to come. It’s this same sound that many international acts are now recognizing and using on their own tracks.


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