Far from being the obvious, since launching himself into the mainstream music world about two years ago, Chinagoro, a.k.a African China, may have stood out as a dependable, yet emerging social crusader of great reckoning. With his name almost becoming a house-hold name in many homes across Africa, African China parades a talent, very prodigious and could be described as “rare and different from what Ojo would refer to above as ‘playing the music of destructive values.” While storming the music scene with an uncommon tempo, Chinagoro recreates with his craft, the images of reggae singers of yesteryears. With the unceremonious exit of the likes of Majek Fashek, Ras Kimono and The Mandators, all Nigeria’s past leading reggae singers, Chinagoro’s entrance into the music wavelength of Nigeria appear something like rekindling and re-modelling of the undying spirit of fighting for the oppressed masses through the art of music.
More than ever before, Chinagoro’s kind of reggae possesses an unusual driving force which comforts, arrests and at the same time, refreshes the soul while it encourages and re-arms the people for the great task of making a better society. Like the thought-provoking messages of the departed reggae legend, Bob Marley, and of recent, the South African reggae maestro, Lucky Dube, Chinagoro demonstrates lots of promises for his generation.
Even when his songs translate into something of a reflective mirror for society, the Imo State-born musician likened himself to a social crusader of sorts. “I don’t see myself attacking the government with my music. I am only but a social crusader. In that sense, my songs center on the happenings around me. All the musicians cannot just be singing about men and women, love, romance etc” he said, adding: “If you look at the history of music in Africa, for instance, you will discover that it was only South African singers that were able to hit the world music scene. Talk of people like Chaka-Chaka, Brenda, Lucky Dube and the rest of them. Nigerian artistes have not gotten that kind of exposure and that is why I felt I should do something different.”
Chinagoro, however, acknowledged the fact that his songs are fashioned after those of the great reggae singers of our time. As he pointed out, “the music of Majek Fashek, Lucky Dube, Ras Kimono and others, really made a lot of impact on my music.” He also admitted that, apart from being influenced by the songs of these artistes, the redemptive music of Bob Marley remained a major source of inspiration to him.
African China is an MGN, Blue Pie + Perfect Pitch artist. African China is available digitally throughout the world on Blue Pie Productions and at all leading digital retailers on the planet.