In The Evil Forest: A Nigerian Activist And Musician Sings Of His Kidnapping - NPR

In The Evil Forest: A Nigerian Activist And Musician Sings Of His Kidnapping  NPRPerforming for the Oba of Benin has practically been a day job for "Ambassador" Osayomore Joseph, a living legend of Nigerian highlife music. The concerts...

In The Evil Forest: A Nigerian Activist And Musician Sings Of His Kidnapping - NPR
In The Evil Forest: A Nigerian Activist And Musician Sings Of His Kidnapping  NPR

Performing for the Oba of Benin has practically been a day job for "Ambassador" Osayomore Joseph, a living legend of Nigerian highlife music. The concerts are usually held in the expansive courtyard of the royal palace in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, former seat of the Benin Empire. While in honor of the king, Osayomore's shows were free and open to the public; his fans would pack the place while he blasted his timeless hits through massive walls of distorted speakers. Fans would show their love by "spraying" Osayomore with money, and, in return, he praised them on the microphone. He wou...