I remember while growing up, I used to like Zakky Azzay. The most fascinating thing about this guy is not only his music, but his costume. You hardly see him without torchlight. I still recall some northern pioneers in music who do what we know as hip-hop. Although most of them have a somewhat different approach and style, we stilled loved their creativity. The likes of Funkiest Mallam, Billy O and even Eadriz Abdulkareem were in the fore front representing the north in the music industry. Simultaneously, while these people were running the stage another breed of northern musicians were been incubated and recently hatched.
Hausa hip-hop. The latest genre of music in Africa. It is basically a blend of what we know as hip-hop with Hausa dialect. This trend is moving so fast that the entertainment industry will soon be overwhelmed by it. The Hausa hip-hop is not a thing of today, as I mentioned earlier it has been in existence for quiet sometime. Many talented artists have adopted it as a means of expressing their artistry. Amazingly, the sound is also good. Some will make you want to tear your clothes apart. Others will make the hair on your body stand like rice farm. The quality of music is simply awesome.
Recently, a number of multi-talented artists like ClassiQ, BOC Madaki, Dj AB, Kheengz and Morell have evolved. These guys and their record label are doing tremendous job and their passion has made significant contribution to the development of Hausa hip-hop. Fans are also showing their appreciation for the movement. Many have gone as far as attending events and shows in other states. The Northern blog had interview session with some of these stars. Let’s brace ourselves, a huge wave is coming. The next Grammy Award winner may just be sitting close to you. It’s time the North vomit all its talents.