Ṣefiu Àlàó (Fújì praise singer) talks about Ìbíkúnlé Amósùn (Interview)
African Music; Yoruba Language; Lagos; Nigeria; Fuji; Neotraditional music; Syncretism
In this video, Fújì singer Ṣefiu Àlàó talks about his work for the campaign of a state governor in Nigeria. For the 2015 election cycle, the incumbent governor of Ògùn state in Nigeria, Ìbíkúnlé Amósùn, hired Àlàó. Unlike many Fújì singers based in Lagos who convey a certain cosmopolitanism, Àlàó rejects modernity and the draw of the megalopolis, choosing to stay in Abẹ́okúta, the capital of Ògùn state. In this interview, one can observe the exchange between art patronage and political patronage: the politician patronizes the musician financially, the musician patronizes the politician by attracting his audience as voters. Ìbíkúnlé Amósùn was reelected as governor of Ògùn state in April 2015.
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Carter-Enyi, Aaron and Aina, David Oludaisi, "Ṣefiu Àlàó (Fújì praise singer) talks about Ìbíkúnlé Amósùn (Interview)" (2014). Africana Digital Ethnography Project. 14.