Once again I’m back with part 5 of my series, 10 things I love about Naija. Well for part 5 I originally was going to write about Naija parties, but then I realized you can’t have a real Naija party without naija music, and so I decided to combine both… sort of. So here goes; Another thing I love about Naija is “Naija Partying with Naija music.”
For those that grew up Naija (apologies to those that didn’t), who remembers those 10-Year old birthday parties (or 1-year old for that matter) that we all used to attend? We would all wear our extra-colorful clothes, and have dancing competitions where we would compete for bags of treats that had all our favorite sweets – Chocomilo, Tom Tom, Eclairs, etc. My favorite competition was “Chair Dance” or Musical Chairs as yankee people dey call am. Chair dance was some serious competition. Folks were quick to bounce you off that seat for that bag of Eclairs. Those were the days of Ras Kimono, Onyeka Onwenu, Alex O, Felix Liberty, and Evi Edna Ogholi (see video below). These folks’ songs were played constantly at any birthday party you attended… ahhh… the memories.
As we got older, and started hitting puberty, dancing around with little children around chairs was no longer the thing to do. We’ve hit secondary school, and boys have started liking girls,and vice versa. We all dropped the colorful dresses, threw away the flowery christmas shirts, and started hating matching with our siblings all of a sudden. We are “grown.” Of course with being grown comes new partying style. Now we’re dancing with the opposite sex (no grinding), and learning the latest dance steps (flex, butterfly & co) to display to all our peers. Although there wasn’t a huge amount of memorable naija jamz from then, cos we all danced to Tupac, Biggie, SWV, Patra, Mark Morrison (every naija person then loved his song), TLC, Puffy, etc, there were still some naija jamz that peeps would dance to at parties sometimes. Those days we had people like Daddy Showkey (see below), Junior & Pretty, Alex Zitto, Tony One Week. Pasuma Wonder, Baba Fryo etc make their appearance into the naija music scene. By the way, my goodness Daddy Showkey was razz… whoever said Razz is the new Cool definitely hasn’t seen how razz Daddy Showkey was. Chei!! I still love it though…lol.
In the past 5-7 years, Naija music has completely blown up and at a typical Naija Party you’d barely hear any American jam. 60% naija music, 20% general African, and 20% other. If you don’t like it, then you can go to Club Love…I’m sure you’ll hear “Stanky Leg” there enough times…lol. It’s like there is enough Nigerian music now to have 3 parties over without having to repeat one song. The likes of Dbanj, 2face, P-square, Wande Coal, MI, Naeto C, Eldee, Flavor, DJ Zeez, Olu Maintain, Styl-Plus, Faze, etc have made this period one of the best times to be partying at naija party. You could be sitting at a party, dulling yourself, and all of a sudden you hear “Don’t get it twisted, Love is a beautiful thing… Don Jazzy again.” Your blood just goes up to 40 degrees celsius, and Boom!!!… You’re on the dance floor sweet potatoing and being someone’s sugar banana. What is sweeter than partying to music from your own people that is top quality, and culturally grounded? Not too many things I tell you. Naija partying for a good number of people these days is not even about impressing anyone, chasing babes, doing efizzy, or anything like that. It’s about having fun and celebrating life. If you want to toast babes, you’re allowed… pop bottles? u’re allowed… flirt with one fine boy? It’s allowed…. Dance like you’re possessed? It’s allowed…. It’s all allowed. Heck i’m about to listen to Dbanj now sef… Join me please 🙂
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So there you have it. Another thing(s) I love about Naija. Where would I be without my Naija Music… Chei! I don’t even want to know. Sometimes I feel like if I ever have to come back to this world in another life, I’d rather not come back at all than to come back as a non-Nigerian. The song below is one of the classics when it come to Naija partying… This song is one of the few songs I know that will make 7 year olds, and 77 year olds be on the dance floor at the same time. Naija Kwenu!!