Nigerian Diaspora: Abiodun Koya Sings “Edelweiss”

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 3:58 pm (UTC-4)
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I got a tip last week that a Nigerian “opera” singer was going to be in town and was interested in appearing on Music Time in Africa. Opera? Really? Abiodun Koya came into the studio a few days later and gives us the real deal on her career in this video clip. Turns out she is not really an “opera” singer but rather an eclectic vocalist with a background in gospel and classical training from Ogun State, Nigeria. Check her out here for the full story and an impromptu performance of Edelweiss, that American classic show tune  from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music.

Heather Maxwell
Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award winning radio program "Music Time in Africa" and is the African Music Editor for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with a Ph.D. from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

4 Responses to “Nigerian Diaspora: Abiodun Koya Sings “Edelweiss””

  1. Dr. Maxwell thank you for bringing this music diversity to TV, Radio and the Internet!

  2. Dr. maxwell if you ever get a chance, visit Buganda Kingdom too. Their Royal musicians do a wonderful job. I am happy to be tuned in here. VOA ‘ebeewo’!

  3. The Jazz and the hits are melodious. They have the characteristic crooning, drum, heavy, light, timbre…..well everything musical and African.

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Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award-winning radio program “Music Time in Africa” and is the Africa Music Director for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with Doctorate and Master’s degrees from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

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