In honour of Nigeria’s 62nd year of independence, the streaming service Spotify has created three new playlists that showcase the country’s diverse musical history, from Fuji to the heyday of Afrobeats.

62 independence anniversary: Sportify honours Nigerian Fuji, Afrobeats history
62 independence anniversary: Sportify honours Nigerian Fuji, Afrobeats history
This information was revealed in a statement released on Friday in Lagos by Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s Head of Music for Sub-Saharan Africa. 

According to Okumu, these playlists gave a home to the music that has been adored and listened to for decades by millions of Nigerians of all ages and ideologies.

She claimed that the most thrilling Spotify playlists were “The Sounds of Fuji,” “I love my 2000s Afrobeats,” and “I love my 2010s Afrobeats.”

Besides the expansion of Afrobeats on a global scale, she claimed that Nigeria was also the home of a rich musical tradition, including genres with distinctive origins and artists who had produced memorable music throughout time.

“To emphasise this, Spotify is providing a voice to some of Nigerian music’s underappreciated genres, its most influential decades, and the inventors and hit songs that served as the genre’s cornerstone.

“Spotify is constructing its most recent success charts for the Sound of Fuji by drawing on the development of the Fuji genre and its most important musicians, including Wasiu Alabi Pasuma and Kollington Ayinla.

“The “I Love My 2000s Afrobeats” playlist will evoke nostalgia and wonderful recollections for both early Afrobeats fans and everyone else.

The songs that started the “Afrobeats To The World” movement will also be featured on Spotify, according to the spokesperson. This playlist is a mix of hits that Afrobeats fans will undoubtedly return to.

Okumu suggested the following podcasts for anyone hoping to converse with others about the Nigerian experience in October: ArticulateOne, I Said What I Said, Tea With Tay, Menisms, How Far? With Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola.


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