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Frigid Armadillo and the future of Afro-house
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Frigid Armadillo and the future of Afro‑house

Shiba Melissa Mazaza spoke with Frigid Armadillo about finding success and feeling the sound in the ever-changing landscape of Afro-house from it’s drum heavy origins to modern gentrification for the release of their new EP, Penga.

10 Nigerian artists to watch in 2023
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10 Nigerian artists to watch in 2023

Check out this selection of hot new Nigerian artists who are going viral and taking the spotlight, writing hits, making names and set to make their mark on 2023.

The fight for fuji king goes on  (3/3)
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The fight for fuji king goes on (3/3)

Fuji purists and the Nigerian hip-hop generation go head-to-head for the battle of fuji king, but an eventual reconciliation paves the way for the longterm prospects of fuji in the world of Nigerian pop.

The fuji boom gets down (2/3)
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The fuji boom gets down (2/3)

An oil boom era and school secularization gives fuji a boost in elite social circles and a new school of pioneers take the reins with a gentleman touch by “King” Wasiu Ayinde Marshall and the salacious style of Abass Akande Obesere.

The fantastic history of fuji music
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The fantastic history of fuji music

A history of Nigeria’s fast and furious fuji music, from it’s origins in Yoruba-Muslim culture to its modern hip-hop progenitors. Dive into the fanatic music that sprung rivalries, caused mayhem and lit up dancefloors from its humble roots to the global stage. 

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The birth of fuji fantasia (1/3)
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The birth of fuji fantasia (1/3)

Starting in the early 1960’s of Nigeria, a select group of innovators transform the sound of Owambe parties and traditional Were music into an all-year-long celebration full of rivalries, virtuosos and names of unlikely origin.

East African R&B artists to watch
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East African R&B artists to watch

Discover a selection of East Africa’s emerging R&B talents, from Kenya to Sudan, who are shaking things up in one of the region’s most creative scenes.

Somadina and the sweet danger of the heavenly undeniable
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Somadina and the sweet danger of the heavenly undeniable

Nigerian artist Somadina builds on her panoply of experience for a debut that includes Nollywood punk, afro-psychedelic future nostalgia, indie rock and an alternative spirit that’s both wild and weird, sweet and dangerous. 

Ria Sean, destination Love Station
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Ria Sean, destination Love Station

PAM spoke with Nigerian songstress Ria Sean on the process surrounding her sophomore EP Love Station, a slow-tempo, afro-fusion tale of confidence, self-doubt, and boundless love. 

Lamin Fofana, organizing sound for ambient meanings
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Lamin Fofana, organizing sound for ambient meanings

Sierra Leone born musician and sound designer talks about the nature of his free-formed projects, informed by his changing environment and evolving worldview and culminating in his latest work, Here Lies Universality.

PsychoYP, keeping the Nigerian rap dream alive
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PsychoYP, keeping the Nigerian rap dream alive

YPSZN3, the final installment of the 24-year-old rapper’s outstanding trilogy, is proof that Nigerian rap is alive and well. Like Lil Wayne in ’07, PsychoYP is building an empire, and a dream team to go with.