Friday, July 19, 2013

Nigerian Music You Should Know | The Foreign Exchange

Female musicians in Nigeria

The saying goes that sometimes you have to leave home to come back. These three artists - Asa, Nneka, TemiDollFace coincidentally all women, took the scenic route into the bosom of their audience. Via other countries they rep the old green and white lovely.

On the foreign scene, this ladies reps Nigeria. They definitely have their own unique style of music.
Know more about this music artiste and watch their videos as you continue reading...

Paris-born and based, Las Gidi-raised Asa rightly followed her instinct when she decided to move to the city of her birth in her early twenties. Her first singles, "Eyé Adaba" and "Jailer" are only beginning to do the rounds in Nigeria. With a gold and platinum album to her name, this prestigious French Constantin Award winner has had all manner of high praise heaped upon her—including direct comparisons to Bob Marley.  She is an extraordinary and uncommon social voice in a commercial scene.

By her own admission, Nneka’s star rose in her native country Nigeria only after her profile in Europe and in the United States started to take off. Born to parents from Nigeria and Germany, Nneka oscillates in between these two destinations nowadays. Of her first album Victim of Truth, the U.K.’s Sunday Times said it is as good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Black Thought from The Roots, Nas, and Lenny Kravitz are some of the collaborators she has amassed during her rise, either on record or on stage. "Heartbeat," her first song to break into the German Top 50, also charted to in the U.K. thanks to the remix by dubstep heavy hitters Chase and Status.

Temi Dollface
The way this young lady challenges the parameters of not just African music but pop music as a whole is exciting. "Drama Soul" is the tag she gives her style of theatrical and soulfully delivered pop music. She grew up in both Nigeria and the U.K., but is currently based in London readying her EP SecondFirst, which promises to be a riveting debut to if this '50s-inspired, Azonto-toting masterpiece of a music video is anything to go by.