I paid to learn Igbo dialect in the US – Jidenna

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Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, Nigerian hip hop artist situated in the United States, has said one of his objectives is to be familiar with Igbo language.

The Classic Man, as he is affectionately known, said he once took a class in the US to get a decent hold of the dialect.

Jidenna made this known on Wednesday while tending to writers at the Heineken Live Your Music press grant in Lagos.

“I communicate in Igbo a little however not the way I wish. I really took a class when I was in the US to talk all the more fluidly and Aunty Ifeoma, God favor her, was recently energized that we were there and she went so moderate that toward the finish of the semester, we didn’t go anyplace,” he said.

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“One of my objectives is to be familiar so I really employed an instructor as of late to Skype with me so I can learn out and about so ideally one year from now, I’ll be significantly more familiar than I am presently.”

The 32-year-old hip hop singer said he doesn’t have his own one of a kind sound yet.

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As showed by Jidenna, his sound, a mix of his “top pick” kind, is so far creating.

“I still don’t think that the music I have released thus far is the artiste in me, I mean it’s not my sound yet. I have not crafted it,” he said.

“I’m so excited about the new album I’m working on, it combines all my favourite music; juju, reggae, dancehall, highlife, soul, R&B, hip-hop.

“My foundation was in hip-hop but influenced by other sounds. When I was growing up in Nigeria, Bob Marley was like the biggest god so him and Fela were my biggest heroes when I was a kid.

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“I stir all that together and try to make music but I don’t think it has all that at the same time but now I have figured out the formula.

“I listen to a lot of highlife of the late 60s and early 70s. Juju music, Sunny Ade, Sunny Okosun and then the newer people from Wizkid, Tiwa, Tekno to Sarkodie.”


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