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I've actually never seen any Nollywood films, although they've started screening to more general audiences in recent years. In fact, I'd never heard any of the music from those films either, until I picked up a copy of Harafin So (Sahel Sounds/Little Axe), a selection of hits from Kannywood films (the Kannywood variant is named for the city of Kano, which is center of northern Nigeria's film industry). As you can hear from today's 12 O'Clock Track, "Tofi"—a duet between Abubacar Sani and Fati Niger—the music reveals a strong debt to Bollywood traditions, particularly in the female vocal style. All of the instruments are synthetic, and the vocals, heavily Auto-Tuned as they are, sound nearly as plastic. I haven't decided whether or not I actually like the music, but there's no doubt that I'm gripped by it. It possesses that ineffable quality that only seems to emerge when one culture appropriates ideas from another, without fully understanding their meaning or nuances. I hope the misunderstandings never stop coming.