Atsie Sun Orchestra “Yabis Night”

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And here is something interesting to read about the word “Yabis“, by Michael Olatunji (Ph.D.
Department of Music, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria):


Yabis is the noun of the Pidgin English word “Yab” (which literarily means to make fun of a person or a thing).

The word (…) became very popular among residents in Lagos State of Nigeria in the 1970s, when Fela started his musical shows at his “African Shrine” which was located around Moshalashi Bus Stop in Lagos Mainland. Fela had a total of three shows every weekend, with a show per day, starting from Friday to Sunday. On Friday, it was “Yabis Night”.

(…) Many people believed that the Friday’s “Yabis Night” had the largest crowd. During this particular show, Fela would take time to “yab” himself (most often starting from his alleged “big head”), members of his band, the audience, as well as the government officials at all levels (Federal, state and local government); revealing their various corrupt practices and their money wasting programmes.

Read more here: “Yabis: A Phenomenon in the Contemporary Nigerian Music”


~ by Asseng Diop Ona on July 12, 2012.

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