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PETER'S WAY...

Shina Peters is a Juju artist that gained mass popularity while I was living in Nigeria. I remember hearing his music on constant rotation on the radio stations as well as my aunts being a big fan of his music.  The song "Afro JuJu" was his biggest song to date and is the only song I remember hearing from him. I considered him at the time to be a one hit wonder but that was refuted by a fan of his music. I spoke to the individual who actually altered my perspective of Shina Peters and his impact on music and culture.

Shina Peters was never a great singer, nor was he the best Juju artist but he was no doubt a great performer. I remember when Afro JuJu was released; it was as if a war was about to start and we would all start doing the moves that went with the song [starts to do the dance]…his Juju music was very fast paced even more than Sunny Ade. He also had a brother by the name of Yomi Peters who was good as well but never became quite as popular. I remember Shina Peters got the ears of the young people and the street, so his impact should not be understated..

As remembered by a Nigerian living in Toronto, Canada.

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