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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Mayorkun, a singer and musician from Lagos who has become a superstar in his native Nigeria and beyond in the last few years. His takes on Afrobeats and Amapiano styles of music are infectious and experimental, combining each with pop, rap, and flash to make a sound of his own.
You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an article by Nils Bourdin on Pan African Music.
"Let Me Know" by Mayorkun
2021 | Nigerian Afrobeats singer and musician
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Mayorkun’s meteoric rise will probably be linked with [American-Nigerian singer and producer] Davido forever. Music was never his first plan, although it was particularly present in his upbringing. “Music has been a household thing”, he recalls. “I’ve recorded some church songs, I did back vocals and gospel songs, but it wasn’t anything major. The first time I really recorded a proper song, a major song, was when I met David. That was in 2016.” His mother was a Nollywood actress, a field probably as entertaining, vibrant and central as music in Nigeria. “I think it probably influenced me in the way I move!”, he laughs. “My family is a family of artists! Everybody could do any entertainment stuff.We act, we sing, we dance, we do a lot of art.”