Making of the Nigerian music (2)

Nigerian female musicians

By Uduma Kalu

Nigerian women are not left behind in the growth of Nigerian music. Joy Nwosu, Martha Ulaeto and Afi Usua were trained as singers in Italy and Greece respectively. Back in Nigeria, they gave concerts by famous European composers but it was as if the people were not keen on listening to such music as they wanted to listen to their own music as produced by their own people. The ladies, like their male counterparts, had to adapt their techniques to suit the prevailing taste by using Nigerian folk tunes to meet the popular demand and by making excellent use of their voices. Soon, other locally trained lady singers came up to continue the Nigerian popular music. They include the Lijadu Sisters, Christy Essien-Igbokwe, Oby Onyioha, Nelly Uchendu, Onyeka Onwenu, Stella Monye, Lorine Okotie, the Sunshine Sisters, among others.

Recording companies in Nigeria`

Due to the hard economic realities in the country, most Nigerian artistes now release their music on their own labels, some of which are almost none existent. Suffice it to say that the following are some of the leading record companies operating in the country.

Premier Records
Feline Records
Infinity Records
Kenny Music
Dudu Heritage
Tabansi Records
Sigma Disk
Master Disk

Music associations in Nigeria
Performing Musicians of Nigeria ( Parent body)
Fuji `Music Association of Nigeria.
Juju Music Musicians of Nigeria
Music Copyrights Association
Performers and Mechanical Rights Society
Musical Copyrights Society of Nigeria
Guild of Dancers

Evergreen Music
My Landlady and Suwa by Johnny Eze
Danny Nnem and Sambola Mama by Peak Cock
Apama, Ofe Owerri, Ebelem by Sir Warrior and Oriental Brothers
Bonsuwe by Israel Nwaoba
I gbaka bia ilum and Tell me what to do by Sweet Breeze
Love Nwantiti by Nelly Uchendu
Taxi Driver by Bobby Benson
Joromi by Sir Victor Uwaifo
Kete kete by Ebenezer Obey
Jolly Papa and Adure by Rex Lawson
Omo Ode De by Emperor Pick Peters
Mas sese daro fun won by Theophilus Iwalokun
Owo ile ayinla Omowura by Apale
Congratulations by Salawa Abeni
Precaution by Sikiru Ayinde Barrister
Appreciation by Sonny Ade

Music Festivals Organisers

Benson and Hedges Golden Tones
Nigerian Brewery Stars Parade
PMAN
MUSON Centre
Silver Bird
7 Up Bottling Company
Guinness Breweries
Nigerian Bottling Companies
French Cultural Centre
The British Council
The Gothe Institute

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