Mr Eazi To Odunsi: This 19-Year-Old Is Documenting Nigerian Music's New Wave
Thanks to up-and-coming talents like Odunsi The Engine, Lady Donli, Idris King, Nonso Amadi and more, the Nigerian music landscape is starting to feel a bit more diverse; there's really only so much generic afropop a person can tolerate after all.
For those who listen
This is why 19-year-old artist, photographer and filmmaker, Wami Aluko, has decided to create a documentary that will follow this new wave in Nigerian music, aptly-titled For Those Who Listen.
Speaking with Konbini about how she discovered photography, Wami said:
"My dad got me my first camera. At that time I used it to photograph events and enjoyed documenting memorable moments in secondary school.
Photography eventually became a medium for me to tell stories from multiple perspectives. My interest in music & events also led me to go into concert and documentary style photography."
With an ongoing photo series on her website featuring Odunsi The Engine, Mr Eazi and Idris King, Wami is slowly introducing the artistes that will be featured in the documentary.
About what inspired her to create the documentary, Wami continued:
"Music has always been important to me as a creative, from the long hours spent choosing the perfect song to go with my fashion film to the long list of playlists I've made to fit my every mood.
I was inspired to bring to light the impact and power of music amongst the Nigerian youth, the innovation in our music, and how its effect trickles down."
About the other artistes that will be featured, Wami concluded:
"Definitely, more artists will be featured. Don't want to give away too much but the next artist in the photoseries is Lady Donli. "
You can keep up with the series on her website.
By Daniel Orubo, published on 14/09/2017