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Nigerian music

Nigerian Music: The Best in Africa

Nigerian Music: The Best in Africa

There are many different cultures of music in Africa. Let's take a look at what Nigeria has to offer! Nigerian music is some of the best there is, with artists like Wizkid and Davido leading the way. Some other noteworthy names include Banky W, Tiwa Savage, P Square, Olamide and more! There are traditional instruments that have been used for centuries in Nigerian culture such as drums and Igbos which can be heard in most songs. If you're looking for good music from Africa then check out this article on the best Nigerian music!


Who are some of the most popular Nigerian artists?

Nigerian music has been very popular for many years and most of the top artists in the world still consider Nigerian artists to be the best in Africa. Wizkid and Davido are two of the most popular artists in the world today, and they've been dominating the charts for several years now. They both have millions of followers on social media, and their songs have been so successful that they've both been nominated for Grammys in their home country! Davido has also branched out internationally to places such as the United States, where he has had a lot of success as well. The two most popular Nigerian artists have combined to form a group called the "Three Musketeers" and they recently released a studio album called "30 Billion".


What instruments are used in Nigerian music?

Igbos drums


The Yoruba


There are three main languages spoken in Nigeria: Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. But also in Nigeria you will find many smaller languages like Fulani, Ibo, and Yoruba. Each of these languages have their own set of different instruments to make music. In Nigeria there are also instruments used for ancient religion, much like the voodoo dance in Haiti, Congo, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Some of the most popular instruments used in African music include the kora, the fiddle, the conga, and many others.


There are many different types of Nigerian music


Music in Nigeria can be from a variety of genres and styles. For example, Igbos prefer to use more modern and pop sounding music. So, Nigerian music can be categorized as pop, afrobeat, or reggae.


How does Nigeria's traditional culture inform their music?





Banky W


Boity Thulo




Tiwa Savage






Sauti Sol






Fally Ipupa


Sauti Sol


Segun Odu


Shatta Wale


Some of Nigeria's most popular musicians are influenced by the sounds of African culture, such as Igbos or Yorubas. Not many people are aware that the Igbos' music includes different instruments like the udu, ogogoro and chichinrin!




Noah Cyrus


Victoria Kimani




Check out this article about Nigerian music and where its roots are from!


Bittersweet Symphony: African Bands Haunting the World's Music


African music will continue to be culturally significant for years to come. African musicians have a distinct sound and unique melodies, even when not influenced by African music.



African music has a very unique culture. Check out the video below of a Nigerian wedding! What are some of your favorite African music artists? Let us know in the comments!


Want to find out which US states are most like Africa? Check out the best-selling books that explain different cultures from around the world.


Josh is the Managing Editor of Alternative Content. He has worked in digital media for 8 years and has written for sites like Salon, The Establishment and Foreign Policy. He has written for The New Yorker, National Geographic and Wired.


In his spare time he is learning to speak Spanish, trying to master magic, and binge watching Homeland, The OA and Bojack Horseman.



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