The Boys Are Doin’ It by Olufemi Terry

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Pan-African Stars P-Square
Nigerian auto-tuned boy-band P-Square are a phenomenon – they’ve garnered an international fan base from Jos to Joburg, Abuja to America, played the world, sharing the stage with everyone from Ginuwine, to Sean Paul, Akon and Busola Keshiro, sold millions (2007′s Game Over has sold 8 million copies globally), caused a stir with their blatant “sampadelica”, taken on the colonialism still haunting the music industry (“I don’t know why, anytime a foreign artiste comes to Nigeria, they (show organizers) wanna treat us like slaves in our country”) and most recently nabbed the Artist of the Year Award at the KORA All Africa Music Awards in Ouagadougou.

We track their roots back to the border-crossing sounds of 70s high-life one-hit-wonder Prince Nico Mbarga, exploring how the duo have taken over the mantle of “pan-African stars” which has been dormant since Olomide dropped it in the 90s. After 30yrs of Nigerians pretending there was no music coming out of Kin, Douala and Abidjan – P-Square embraced the sound, generic and infectious.

Take a listen here.

Reading List

  • P-Square Website <>
  • Mbarga, P N & Jazz, R 1976, Sweet Mother (LP), RAS (Rogers All Stars ,Nigeria Ltd.), ASALPS 6.
  • Mbarga, P N & Jazz, R 2002, Premier Gaou (Bob Sinclar’s ‘Le Bisou’ Remixes) 12″, Distance – Di2097, France.
  • Longomba, A 2001, Coupe Bibamba Jimmy, CD.
  • Lágbájá 1996, Motherlan’ C’est Une African Thing, Motherlan’ Music.
  • Lágbájá 2001, WE before ME, Label M.
  • Kuti, F 2008, Day by Day, Mercer Street/Downtown.
  • Kuti, F 2001, Fight to Win, MCA.
  • Kuti, F 2011, Africa for Africa, Knitting Factory Records.
  • 2face Idibia 2008, The Unstoppable, Hypertek Records.
  • Ikechukwu 2007, Son of the Soil, Storm Records.
  • P-Square 2003, Last Nite, Timbuk2 Music Label.
  • P-Square 2005, Get Squared, Square Records.
  • P-Square 2007, Game Over, TJoe Entertainment.
  • P-Square 2011, The Invasion, Square Records.
One Response to “The Boys Are Doin’ It by Olufemi Terry”
  1. Chidex 23 August 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    i luv dis pix

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