If you’ve been on Social Media in the last 24 hours, you must have heard about Mr Eazi‘s controversial comment on the influence of Ghanaian music on the current Nigerian Sound. The Starboy act, who’s originally Nigerian but made his breakthrough in Ghana, has enjoyed massive success in his adopted home, and in the diaspora since 2015, eventually breaking into the Nigerian market in 2016 – thanks to Wizkid‘s Starboy Worldwide announcement – thereby earning him a spot on The 10 Hottest Artists In Nigeria #TheList2016.
The lad ended the year 2016 in grand style with a very successful concert in Lagos, as well as winning the highly-coveted “Next Rated” Headies Award, and the Soundcity MVP Best New Artist Award.
With the “Accra To Lagos” EP billed for release on the 11th of February, Mr Eazi is back on the everyone’s lips, but for slightly different reasons this time around. See his tweet below.
This bold claim was the beginning of the outrage on #NaijaTwitter. To be honest, I was initially upset as well, particularly with the way Mr Eazi worded his tweet. However, after having a phone conversation with him, I got where he was coming from.
When quizzed, Mr Eazi went on to elaborate further by stating some of the Naija songs with Gh influence…
After a barage of insults and fierce backlash, Mr Eazi conceded by tweeting this…
In recent months, I’ve had conversations with artists, managers, producers, DJs, PR agents, and other industry stakeholders. They all seem to acknowledge the fact that Naija music veered away from South African House music (brought to the West by Uhuru) to the Ghanaian/Tonga rhythm; something Mr Eazi calls “Ghana Bounce“. This can be heard on some of the current buzz tunes in Naija.
If we even stretch it further, pre-House, Azonto was the wave for quite some time. So, while we, as Nigerians, may not want to agree, the evidence is out there for all to see (and hear, as the case may be).
At the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing…
Nigerians are not in the habit of giving credit for anything. And on the rare occasion that we do, it’s certainly not going to Ghana, no matter what.