Retro: How legendary musician Bright Chimezie became a houtilizehold name in Nigeria
In the 80’s, Nigeria was bubbling with lots of artiste who basically used their song to promote the rich African culture and entertainment.
One of such legendary singers of the 80’s was Bright Chimezie whose soulful songs were played across the nation. Bright Chimezie Ironumo was born on October 1, 1960, the very day Nigeria got her independence.
Surrounded by so many cultural practices, it is okay to say that Bright Chimezie’s afropolitan vibes were generated from his childhood which reflected in his life and career.
Bright started playing music as a member of the church choir at the age of 10, his music interest grew tremendously at an early age, he joined a local music group named Igbokriti, a popular genre of music played by elders during funerals and other important festivals.
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In 1979 Bright completed his secondary school education, moved permanently to Lagos where he started his official career playing with lots of bands and later joined the Customs and Excise dance band, where he rose to their assistant band leader and the lead vocalist.
In 1985, Bright Chimezie launched his first album titled ‘Respect African’ which ushered him into the limelight, same year he founded his own band he named Ziggima Movement.
Bright Chimezie music style was patriotic, his Zigima sound was a genre which later became very popular in the early 1980. The music was a mix of traditional Nigerian music and igbo highlife that is fused with chanted vocals.
His kind of music was actively focused on rejuvenating the Nigerian culture, through his music, he was able to pass across messages that revived at that time the dwindling cultural practices of the Nigerian people.
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