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Music Scene

Abiedemi talks about the music scene in her country and what artists are popular now.

Todd: So Abedemi, we were talking about the music scene in your country. How do people consume music?

Abidemi: A lot of times ... in the past it was more you went to ... they had, how do I say ... a parties. They would invite well known artists, the more money your family had the bigger the artist could be because then they could pay a person. But these days a lot of artists come and they play. We’ve had like people like Chris Brown and Rihanna, even Jay-z go to Nigeria and play in the big cities and people pay for concerts. So there are more and more concerts happening that people go to. A lot more people have access to computers now so people listen on YouTube. CDs are very cheap, you could get a CD usually pirated but you could get something for like 100 yen or 100 ... I don't know, one dollar, so it’s really cheap. Lots of people buy music, they watch video clips, on TV even they have music channels too where people listen to music. So music is a part of everyday life and wherever you go on the streets constantly music is playing from cars, from windows, everywhere. It’s very loud and noisy.

Todd: So do you have like a music scene, like is there, you know, like local musicians play in like small venues?

Abidemi: Sometimes, yes, especially clubs, for clubs, well known clubs in big cities, musicians do play there to make money but I think for the most part where musicians try to make money ... they make most of their money from playing either private parties or playing ... from making CDs. So those are the two main ways that I think they make money. We don’t have quite as developed music scene where you have concerts happening every night as maybe in other countries like the States or England. But I think it is getting better, as more and more people get more money, so surely, economically as people become more ... they have access to money they're able to go out and listen to music and play. Some ... how do I say ... some eateries, they call them bukas, they're like bars, basically bars, but some bars do have bands playing every night. Yeah. So yeah, we have that as well.

Todd: Oh, that sounds great, so it’s definitely a developing music scene but it’s kind of unique in its own way.

Abidemi: Yes, it's so very traditional - it's so very traditional, where in the past a lot of musicians played for private parties to make most of their money but now it’s moving away from that and more towards the American side of things where we’re having concerts - regular concerts. Yeah.

Todd: Oh wow, sounds cool.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary


notesYou could get a CD usually pirated on the street.

Pirated items are copies that are illegally sold usually on a secret market. Notice the following:

  1. He sells pirated videos from his house.
  2. It is illegal to sell pirated music.


notesLocal musicians play in small venues.

A venue is a place where something happens, usually some type of event. Notice the following:

  1. Do you know the venue for the concert?
  2. They hope to use the new stadium as a venue for many sporting events.

For the most part

notesFor the most part, they make most of their money from playing either private parties or from making CDs.

'For the most part' means 'in general' or 'generally'. It describes the most common situation. Notice the following:

  1. For the most part, families eat dinner at home.
  2. For the most part, students get a job after college, but some travel.

unique in its own way

notesIt’s kind of unique in its own way.

The phrase, 'unique in its own way', means to be unique or orignal and not like anything else. Notice the following:

  1. San Diego is unique in its own way.
  2. Her fashion style is uniique in its own way.

move away from

notesIt’s moving away from that and more towards the American side of things

Here the phrase 'moving away from' means to become less popular or common. Notice the following:

  1. People are moving away from using PCs and towards tablets and smart phones.
  2. Because of high gas prices, people are moving away from big cars to smaller cars.

Vocabulary Quiz

pirated • venue • for the most part
move away from • in its own way
  1. The company plans to from online sells.
  2. She is happy .
  3. Paris is special .
  4. They arrrested him for selling CDs.
  5. He is playing in a small .

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