Banku Music / NG
Sónar by Day - SonarVillage by Estrella Damm
Nigeria's Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade is another of Diplo's selections for the African music showcase connecting us with today’s sounds from the continent. Mr Eazi will arrive at Sónar as the chief exponent of banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of "Ghanaian bounces, Ghanaian highlife, jazzy aspects, multiple guitars with Nigerian chord progressions and patterns". The sound is punctuated by a relaxed vocal that sings in "pidgin", an English language slang spoken in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. Mr. Eazi studied and trained as an artist in Ghana, which explains the assortment of African sounds, which also incorporate a Western hip-hop flow. Some media has described his style as r&b by way of torch songs and have compared him to the legendary Gregory Isaacs. In other words: Eazi is the banku crooner.