Dami Ajayi

About the Author Dami Ajayi

Dami Ajayi is a doctor, poet and music critic writing from Lagos.

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The Gospel According to Olamide

About half a decade ago, rap music in Nigeria was hijacked when local languages removed it from the stranglehold of English. After the untimely death of Yoruba rapper Da Grin, a major crusader for this intellectual capture, the scepter fell into the unlikely hands of a rapper who had been idling around ID Cabasa’s studio. The rapper was Olamide, who released his debut album, Rapsodi, in 2011. Today, Olamide is the most prolific emcee rapping in Yoruba. He has just released The Glory, his sixth studio album in six years.

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On Fela’s Afrobeat and Our Afrobeats

Felabration is a weeklong music festival in its 16th year celebrating Nigeria’s protest singer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who passed on in 1997. This year’s festival takes its theme from one of Fela’s popular phrases, Everybody Say Yeah Yeah. It is also headlined by a slew of Nigerian musicians popular for a kind of music called Afrobeats. Dami Ajayi examines the legitimacy of Afrobeats and its relationship with Afrobeat and Fela’s legacy.