THESE FEMALE ARTISTS NO REACH JOR
THESE FEMALE ARTISTS no reach , I don’t care about the writer or philosopher that theorized that “what a man can do a woman can do better”. I think the person that influenced that “quote” can be guilty of deliberate falsehood because the case of Nigeria’s hip hop world is not in agreement with such notion. We will get to know if ladies are “riding cockroaches like horses” as they continue to compete with the male follks in the music industry.
With the rise of contemporary music in Nigeria in the early 90s side by side with Raggae/Rastafari music that the likes of Daddy showkey, Raskimono , Majek Fashek etc gave a good dedication and their “fellow comrades in music” like Idris Abdul Karim, Eddy Remedy, Hazardous, Plantation Boiz, Sound Sultan, Mode 9, Marvellous Benji and others made the evolution of hip hop music in Nigeria a very fascinating one. It so unfortunate that many of them couldn’t enjoy the goodies that come with the current vibes of music in Nigeria.
Ogbeni! the younger folks like P-Square, D-banj, Don jazzy, 9ice, Lord of Ajasa, Rugged man etc received the “showers of blessings” in 2004/2010 as the Nigerian music world became a ripe fruit fit for brand partnerships, African awards, brand sponsorships and massive acceptance. “Who we go thank for this matured jungle oo”.
Woss or Woes! the space for ladies in the non-cultural music world in Nigeria was quite discouraging until the “innovative blow” of Onyeka Onwenu and Christy Igbokwe that carved a niche for themselves in the midst of competitive and rivalling “Fuji, Waka and other traditional female singers across the nation”
Only the name of “male looking Weird MC” that was feasible in the era of male dominated hip hop world. She tried her best for some few years, pulling the trigger (2001-2007/8),
i will fail to forget another Queen of ebony called “Azizat” and many other pioneer female hip hop artistes that my mind fails to remember. The early 2000 indeed witnessed the rise of female rappers, some “serious or discouraged”. The year 2005-2010 opened floor for another set of “stubborn creative female artistes” with the likes of Asa,Essence, Waje,Omawunmi, Judy and many others that couldn’t hold sway for so long.
And 2010- till date ushered in more energetic ladies namely; Chidinma, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade,Emma Nyra, Niniola,Cynthia Morgan, Typsy , Eva,Lola Ray,Niniola , Teniola and some other talented female artists that do music which we nigerians have tend to put under the umberalla of alternative music like Efe oraka , lady donli , simi and many others
Undoubtedly, the entry of these female artistes in Nigeria music industry has been so fascinating even with “short lived experimentation” of accidental singers like Tonto Dikeh , Omotola Jolade and Genevieve. The bone of contention of this whole analysis is to raise the question on why “the female musicians” don’t keep on the rave like their male counterparts in the industry. They get so forgotten easily with the exception of “Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage and ASA” still making wave for close to ten years now. I beg to ask, where is Eva,Lola Ray, Emma Nyra, Chidinma, Bisola(omo Ibadan), Niyola etc?. Can the likes of new entrants like Niniola , Simi and Teniola keep the flag flying?. Can women really do better or just riding cockroaches like horses?
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