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“We Sing In Igbo But Can’t Speak The Language”- The Cavemen

Contemporary highlife duo The Cavemen have revealed they cannot really speak Igbo, the language they write and sing their songs in.

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The highlife brothers during a chat with music journalist Joey Akan shared that they though cannot speak Igbo fluently, they can write and sing songs in the language.  They also said it’s how they connect to their culture.

“We don’t know how to speak the language but singing in Igbo is the only way we can connect with the culture,” they said.

“We write our songs ourselves in Igbo but we can’t really speak the language. Sometimes when we encounter problems writing in the language, we call for help.”

The Cavemen brothers Kingsley Okorie, a bassist and Benjamin James, a drummer first started off as instrumentalists in the church they grew up in. They later began playing and singing for other artists before they officially formed their Afrocentric band in 2018.

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Okorie said he came up with their name “The Cavemen” while he was in law school in Kano.

“I was in Kano during my days at law school when the name just dropped on me. I think my experience at the law school just inspired the name,” he said.

“When I got back home, I told my brother about it and he accepted it and we started using the name.”

They released their debut album “Roots” in 2020 and won the Headies Award for the Best Alternative Album in the same year.

In October, The Cavemen released their sophomore album ‘Love and Highlife’. It features Cobham Asuquo, Made Kuti, Etuk Obong, and PC Lapez.


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