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date: 13 April 2021

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This chapter focuses on the protest political music works produced between Nigeria’s independence and her redemocratization in 1999. It is an intervention on the unconsciously held view that Fela was the only popular musician who confronted the military and tyrannous leaders of Nigeria between 1960 and his passing in 1997. Whereas Fela’s Afrobeat gained renown as a strong protest category, other forms such as reggae and highlife also provided avenues for popular music protest in the time Fela held the reins. In demonstrating that Fela provides only one piece of the cultural tapestry, the chapter discusses protest political music material outside of Fela’s repertoire, which enriched the sociopolitical space of pre-1999 postcolonial Nigeria.

Keywords: protest political music, Sonny Okosuns, Victor Essiet and the Mandators, Majek Fashek, Ras Kimono, Tunji Oyelana and Wole Soyinka, Lagbaja, Osayomore Joseph, Femi Kuti

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