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Tera Kota

b. Gboyega Femi, Nigeria. Kota had taken his stage name from ‘terra cotta’, signifying a historical artefact conserved today for the reasons of tomorrow. Before both Majek Fashek and Ras Kimono, Kota was the initial Nigerian to effectively integrate reggae in to the Nigerian songbook. Further, he’d go open public to declare that the music itself was of Nigerian descent, produced from the historic form of compliment melody, ere-ege. Despite such proclamations, he just switched musical design to reggae in the first 80s. He documented his first record in 1982 and viewed it best the Nigerian graphs, staying there for an interval of four a few months and offering over half of a million copies along the way. His second record was part-dedicated to Fela Kuti, in those days serving a prison word, which mirrored the public consciousness which today dominated his lyrics. That collection and the next Peasant Child have got continued to force his wish to get Nigerian youth towards the ‘righteous’ noises of root base reggae.