Ṣefiu Àlàó (Fújì praise singer) sings about Ìbíkúnlé Amósùn
African Music; Yoruba Language; Lagos; Nigeria; Fuji; Neotraditional music; Syncretism
This video of a political campaign song was recorded in a studio north of Lagos in July 2014. For the 2015 election cycle, the incumbent governor of Ògùn state in Nigeria, Ìbíkúnlé Amósùn, hired the Fújì singer Ṣefiu 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) sings about Ìbíkúnlé Amósùn" (2014). Africana Digital Ethnography Project. 15.