Earlier this year, Skepta, Grace Ladoja and Greatness Dex came back with their second Homecoming event, which comprised of a three-day cultural affair. Beats 1‘s Julie Adenuga travelled to Lagos for this event, documenting it in a three-part series, Julie in Lagos.
The first episode gave a preview of the Homecoming concert; the second interacted with the hottest Next Generation artists, Santi, Odunsi (The Engine) and Wavythecreator; whilst the third focused on the fashion and football aspect.
Although the second episode, which focuses on the rise of the new wave of artists, is dominated by Grace’s despotic storytelling, Santi, Wavy and Odunsi get a chance to inspire, as they described their experiences coming up in the industry.
The defining feature of these artists is that they are unapologetically themselves, even if it’s contrary to the norm in Nigeria, even if it goes against the rule book.
This video highlights the inspiring nature of their relentless self-expression, as the artists talk about representing the youth in Africa, setting an example for even younger kids, and standing out so the world doesn’t miss the wavy talent coming out of Nigeria.
In Nigeria, we pick up a lot, culturally, from America and, to an extent, England, so this Homecoming was a chance to not only celebrate that, but to highlight the influence we have had on culture overseas — especially the afro-swing genre that evolved from afropop fusions.
As Wavy and Odunsi expressed, it was a big moment for these artists — who grew up on American TV shows, with access to global trends — to perform alongside Wizkid and Skepta, as the culture that Africa has given to the world is recognised as it’s own.