Vogue profile on Nigerian artist Teni who's shaking up Nigeria's music scene.


Vougeworld has a great profile on Nigerian artist Teniola Apata, known as Teni the Entertainer to her fans. Teni recently released her new single "Sugar Mommy". Chioma Nnadi, who writes the profile on Teni, describes her unique music style in a scene dominated by braggadocios men. It combines 70's and 80's spirited melodies, maintains a strong Nigerian influence, and has a pointed message: "In a scene largely dominated by braggadocious men, Apata presents a refreshing counterpoint. Where other Afrobeat stars are infusing their sound with international flavors—Caribbean soca or Southern trap, for example—the singer is among a burgeoning new wave of artists mining Nigeria’s rich musical past. “Fargin,” the breakout hit that put Apata on the map (she was signed after the Instagram video of her singing it went viral), draws on the spirited melodies of ’70s and ’80s fuji and juju legends such as King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, and King Wasiu Ayinde. And yet there is a decidedly pointed message simmering beneath the song’s lilting harmonies. Switching between Yoruba, pidgin, and English, Apata calls out lecherous “uncles” who prey on young women, exposing hypermasculine posturing with incisive wit." Check out her latest video below:



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