By Oluwatobi Opusunju
American producer and DJ, Thomas Wesley Pentz better known by his stage name Diplo was in Nigeria for Gidi Fest a few months ago and he’s got a lot of great things to say about the Nigerian music scene.
According to him, while speaking about his experience in Nigeria during an interview with GQ, the DJ said Nigerian musicians have had a huge impact on music in the last ten years.
The next day he performed at a private party on a rooftop and Diplo, who was impressed by the turn out of things said, “I said to [Major Lazer MC] Walshy Fire, Man, Nigeria is where you either live or die as a DJ. This is like the DJ Olympics.”
He went further to describe Nigeria’s afro-pop movement as the next best thing to happen to the world of music, naming artistes like Davido, Wizkid and Mr Eazi as being among the Nigerian musicians taking over the world with this new Afro-pop movement.
“Nigeria has this huge diaspora, like Jamaica. Nigerians live everywhere: England, L.A., New York. Nigerians have had a huge impact on music in the last ten years. Like the UK funky stuff that ended up becoming “One Dance” by Drake. And then, over the last three or four years, Nigerians have been taking over with this new Afro-pop movement.
“The music scene is amazing because they have pop stations—you’re gonna hear Bieber and Katy Perry. Then they have all the hip-hop and R&B—“Bad and Boujee” was a hit in Lagos before America.
“Then they have all the Nigerian stuff—the Afro-pop like Davido, Wizkid, Mr Eazi. And then they also have legacy stuff, like Fela Kuti and Femi Kuti, palm-wine music, and highlife,” he noted.