MUSIC: NIGERIA VS. THE AFRICAN CONTINENT VI

Monday, February 11, 2008

I have not done one of these in many months but given the technical difficulties that the site is experiencing, I figure now is as good a time as any to feature some Nigerian music.

Banky W. is an artist that many of us have been following since his breakout smash "Ebute Meta" hit the internet a long time ago. The song is till as exciting as it was then. Banky W. sings a song about Nigeria and unity to the "Umbrella track" that was made famous by Rihanna over the summer. I won't lie, that "Ella, Ella, Eh, Eh" chorus in "Umbrella" was annoyingly catchy. Bloggers like Ugo Daniels (or as I affectionately call him, "Oga Cyprus") even complained that the song was a contributing factor to the incessant downpour and flooding that parts of England experienced in Summer 2007.


Anyway, Banky W. has a video available for his "Ebute Meta" song. While I would have much preferred a more original beat (I still find the Umbrella Song annoying and this song reminds me of it), I must confess that the artist uses his vocal skills, rapping abilities and lyrical strength to create a song that is equally catchy, less annoying (than the original) and even uplifting.

You can't beat that.

Enjoy


I have spent a year discovering and rediscovering Nigerian artists. I am happy to say that Nigerian music comes in so many varieties and the Nigerian industry and artists are a dominating factor in the African and international entertainment market. It is exciting to think that our music can only get better with private investment and time. Stop by my Youtube page and listen to Nigerian Hits via the Playlist, watch Nigeria-related documentaries and short films. Come find out what I am watching.

Have a happy Monday everyone!

PS: I originally wanted to review "Julie" by Shank Saydat but the only video for the song is locked up in hiding' on Facebook. If anyone is familiar with Starville Productions (Shank's management company), could you inform them that we have been waiting to review the video and song for over 2 months now. It is time to make the video embeddable so that I (and others) can host copies at their websites. Thanks!

PPS: Hattip to Misan @ The Afro Beat.


Further Reading:

-Nigeria vs. The African Continent
-Nigeria vs. The African Continent II - P-Square "Say your Love"
-Nigeria vs. The African Continent III - Infinity's "Olori Oko"
-Nigeria vs. The African Continent IV - Tuface
-Nigeria vs. The African Continent V - Ty Bello's "Greenland"

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guerreiranigeriana said...

you are an amazingly awesome woman!!!!...i hope and pray to be as awesome as you one day soon!!!...you should go around/write books/increase your exposure so more nigerian/west african/black girls growing up in the us and around the world really, can see you and be inspired...you're like a jane of all trades/a renaissance woman...this has nothing to do with your post, but i was browsing around on your page and it just struck me, intensely, how awesome you are and i felt compelled to tell you...have a blessed day and i'll read your post when i really have time:)...

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

aaaw shucks!!! lol! Coming from you that is just such an incredible compliment. Thanks for taking a deeper look at the site. Your site is extremely informative and funny.

Anyway, thanks again and don't be a stranger.

Chxta said...

Kids!

If you want to hear a real song that causes the heavens to open, I recommend Majek Fashek's Send Down The Rain. But y'all were little when it hit the airwaves...

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Chxta, you have come here to look for trouble! Stop being silly. Not only am I familiar with Majek, I have had the pleasure of making his acquaintance.

You silly, football fanatic! lol!

Thanks for recommending this song though. But, if you knew that it could open the heavens you should have used it to put the Nigeria-Ghana game on hold until the Eagles had eaten enough eba and ewedu soup to truly duel with those kenkey eating Charleys!

lol! Thanks for stopping by, as usual!

nneoma said...

me likey....I am always for discovering and rediscovery Naija talent - whether in music, movies, literature, anywhere. thanks for the video....yes, I am also part of the camp that thinks that the Umbrella song is annoying...umbrella eh eh eh eh eh...lol

guerreiranigeriana said...

hahaha...i hated that stupid umbrella song too and refused to let it stick, made very difficult by a brasilian friend whose favorite word was umbrella...go figure...thanks for showing this...

...i posted my nigerian revolution meme, five years later, i know...but better late than never, right?...tell me if it sucks so i can quickly take it down;)...haha...

Waffarian said...

Haba! don't let your head burst with all that praise, anyway, if you wanna know what delta tv bombarded us with when I was a kid, check out my blog.

Beyond said...

am very proud of naija artist, am loving it all the way thru. Don't like Rihanna which means i don't like her songs cos she's really messed up in the head like a mora**fer.

Nyemoni said...

9ja artiste's have soooo grown...but still..I ask do they have longeviety? I sure hope they'll stand the test of time....that umbrella song is catchy though...ella ella ellla eh, eh eh eh LOL!

Oracle said...

Haven't been here in ages. We can't deny the fact that the Nigerian music Industry of today is bigger than we can imagine and I think itz still growing.
The songs are not just presentable but also acceptable.

Nigeria's the bomb.

Have fun.

For the love of me said...

Nice, my colleague at work played this song so much, I got sick of it. I think his voice is cool though

Miss B said...

In response to the first comment-yes she is truly awesome. Hillary shd just move her gnash

trae_z said...

Banky's "Ebute Meta", not a bad song but if i had the opportunity to i probably wouldn't include it in my music library.

Kush said...

Riding through traffic in La-Gos? I didn't like this one at all it lacked originality, I prefer the Blak Jesus remixes myself at least he doesn't take himself too seriously.

Anonymous said...

julie by shank is on youtube now. takecare

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