Friday, February 02, 2007

Dare art Alade's Fuji

ok, i think i'm going to write a paper about the objectification of women in Nigerian music videos, but gotta say I LOVE this music. Dare is great. Tonight I was listening to some cds I picked up last time I was in Naija, and I've become obsessed with this fantastic feminist Christian rapper, B.O.U.Q.U.I. I couldn't find any You Tube videos of her, but she's the only solo Nigerian woman contemporary artist that I know of (i'm sure there are scads that I don't know about), and her lyrics are tough and catchy--with some obvious influences from Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill. In a male dominated field, which uses women as seductive back up singers or dancers, she's remarkable. I think I shall write a paper on her...

3 comments:

Jeremy said...

interesting. Where did you pick up her music?

Talatu-Carmen said...

Jeremy, I got the cd in Jos at CD World, but it looks like it is marketed and distributed by cd warehouse in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Onitsha, Owerri, Enugu, London, and somewhere in California. Some of the tracks were stronger than others. For example, I thought the "I'm a Christ-o-holic" one was a bit hmmm. But there are other ones, where she expresses strong feminist sentiments on being a woman, and has a male back-up chorus--a nice reversal of the norm. I'll try to type in some of the lyrics I find the most interesting at some point.

She also has a website: http://www.justbouqui.com/

Fred said...

The best part of this rather simplistic mimickry of American rap is the fusion of actual Fuji "drumming" and electronica. I wish there hadn't been any "rap" (and the brain-dead chanting: dance, dance, dance, dance ... argh!) just technified Fuji.

Interesting...