Today for the last thirty minutes of class (no conversation group today so it was a shorter day!) we watched Yorùbá music videos. It was awesome to see our teacher singing along and smiling to all these tunes. I’ve googled a couple of Yoùbá artists but have not talked to any Nigerians about music yet.
We mostly watched videos by the artist Lágbájá. Lágbájá means anyone or no one or “nobody in particular” – “anonymous” – he stands for the everyman and if you want to read that description deeper, he stands for the African or Nigerian that is but another black face in the crowd to most westerners. And so he dresses like this:
No one but “industry insiders” know his actual identity. He wears these colorful masks as his character – Lágbájá. His music is pretty awesome too.
I really liked and in Yoruba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJrPWFk_KoU
Also good and in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ttZ9wZBnoQ