Techno and house beats continue to work their way into the vocabulary of Nigerian urban music, but used to fuel the firmly established Naija sound, rather than allow it to smother what took at least a decade to develop. D'banj's Oliver Twist may have been built on a funky house riff, but it remains distinctly Nigerian. Se also eLDee's Higher. I'm reminded of the way South Africa's house music artists took what they were hearing from Chicago and added local elements to give it a sense of place and create something distinctly South African.
Chances are you won't have heard of Ray G, although he's now on his second album, the 15-track Unexpected (from which Spend My Money and Otutu stood out and got a fair amount of local attention). New single Jukulu, though, feels like a step up, and if it's an indication of a new direction rather than just a one-off, it could well be where he starts to attract some international attention, too.
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