What is conscious music? The word “conscious,” according to dictionary.com, means to “be aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, or surroundings.” So, conscious music has be that which enlightens one about the world around them. It must be music that causes one to be aware of what’s going on and causes one to really think. Conscious music is music with a positive, informational message behind it.
Over the years Nigerian’s have churn out some good conscious music, despite giving us the regular party jams.
Here’s our list of favourite three conscious music tracks from Nigerian artiste:
1 : Tuface : E Be Like Say
TuFace is no doubt a hit maker and a good party hit maker at that, still, he is also very close to the pulse of the people and so he always drops a deep conscious jam on every of his albums. “E Be Like Say” is one of our favourite and it talks about the broken promises of politicians… you can check it out on NerveFlo here.
2 : Fela : Water No Get Enemy
Fela Anikulapo Kuti is probably the father of Nigerian conscious music but it seems like the generation that followed lost some of his fire brand afrobeat sound and depth. “Water No Get Enemy” is a song that needs no introduction… you should stop all you’re doing and find it now.
3 : MI : Crowd Mentality
M.I. Abaga is one of Nigeria’s top hip hop artiste and this song “Crowd Mentality” is one of the tracks that put him on the map. The song talks about critical thinking and why everyone must have a mind for him/herself. This M.I. track is a classic
That being said, NerveFlo has designated every 2nd week in June annually (2nd week in June which is a significant day in Nigeria because of the great price for freedom paid on June 12th) to celebrate #ConsciousMusicWeek. It is our hope that we can draw attention to how good music can be a force for societal change and advancement of humanity against the back drop of most of the vain stuff on the radio.