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Opinion: Ogene Music Is Becoming The Next Big Thing

You may have noticed the new wave of Ogene songs.

The way things are going, I feel like Ogene might be the next mainstream sound on the Nigerian music scene.

And it's been a long time coming.  I say this as an Igbo citizen.

As Igbos, we needed to showcase our music on a large scale like for example, the Yorubas, have done for years.

Because when you look at the widely celebrated Afrobeat music for example, the genre is Yoruba-based. From the founder (Fela Anikulapo Kuti) to the original percussion it came with and the songs that popularised it.  

Not to say that the Igbos didn't have their own own music genre, of course we did.

Yes, we have artists like Phyno and his ilk who've been making game-changing Igbo songs for years, yet we (Igbos) didn't have a 'music genre' indigenous to us that has enjoyed massive radio and TV recognition.

The Igbos gained a foothold in the Nigerian music scene with highlife, we have contemporary highlife stars like Flavour today.

But then when you trace the roots of highlife it originated from Ghana, the Igbo version being 'Igbo highlife'.

That's to say, we hadn't a music genre that was truly and uniquely ours that achieved commercial success. 

It's why this era of Ogene songs is a historical moment.

Gone are the days when Ogene was exclusively reserved for Igbo coronation ceremonies, high-profile burials, New Yam festivals and August meetings.

These days it's recorded in studios by a top calibre of artistes, properly packaged with topnotch music videos, get played on Hip TV and Trace, while marketed as art along with other music genres.

Case in point: Levels by Flavour.

Offor by Anyidons featuring Duncan Mighty & Zubby Michael.

Eze Ego by Slim Case featuring Daisy.

And the many others I've been seeing lately.

Even the other day I saw a music video by Mayorkun open with an Ogene group playing a tune.

I thought to myself, we're going somewhere with this thing. Ogene music is becoming the next big thing.

Hopefully, it won't be a fad.

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