We proudly welcome our musician of the month, Ikem Mazeli, a masterful crooner who skillfully blends Onitsha (Igbo) cultural rhythms with modern musical instrumentation. He began his musical career in the famous market city of Onitsha, and created a distinct mellow sound.

The Magnificent Ikem Mazeli, Highlife CroonerWe proudly welcome our musician of the month, Ikem Mazeli, a masterful crooner who skillfully blends Onitsha (Igbo) cultural rhythms with modern musical instrumentation. He began his musical career in the famous market city of Onitsha, and created a distinct mellow sound.

The new highlife music of his Material Band incorporates multiple rhythmic elements that are subordinated to his dominant voice. The band’s vibrant guitars, scintillating percussive ishakas (shekeres), drums and musical pots create a compelling sound that forces everyone to sway to the music. Ikem makes amazing music.

The fluid quality of his compositions underscores his status as “Owner of Music” (Onye Nwe Egwu). Listening to the pulsating beat of this troubadour one is transported to the heart of modern Igbo society. Ikem has over six albums to his credit and maintains a demanding live performance schedule all over Nigeria.

A true crooner, his unique voice is a delight, serenading listeners with proverbs, folkloric poetry, philosophical insights, and messages that bind all together regardless of boundaries. This is why Ikem Mazeli is AfricaResource Musician of the Month. - Editors of AfricaResource.

Sample Tracks (full songs available on Digital Download)

Ejim Ofor

Gyration

Isi Mmili

Obodo Nulu Onum

 

Directions for downloading Ikem Mazeli's music

Buy Ikem Mazeli songs (official download)

 


Knowledge Project

Africa Knowledge Project is an academic resource that offers journals and databases. Check them out at AKP.

Upcoming Deadlines

CALL FOR PAPERS

Columnists

LivewireRasta Livewire is a leading blog that provides in-depth viewpoints from Rastas in Africa and African Diaspora.

Africa Knowledge Project (AKP) publishes peer-reviewed journals and academic databases.

Ojedi is an online retailer of fine art and exceptional handcrafted pieces from around the world.

Africa House is an Africa and Diasporian gallery. Africa House accepts proposals for submission on a rolling basis.

African Event Posters show posters of events at Africa House.

African Gourmet Dinners shows images of African gourmet dishes.