Best Instrumentals by Pipa instruments
The Nigerian musician and singer Pipa is the undisputed master of the African instrument, but the world has yet to fully appreciate her music.
The first time she sang on a commercial recording, for the British band The Black Keys, was in the 1990s.
The Black Key’s music video features her in an acoustic rendition of “Hail Mary.”
She has performed in over 30 countries and toured with acts such as the Cure, Pink Floyd, and Beyonce.
In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Pipa said she doesn’t know the meaning of “God Bless America,” because she was “not even born in America.”
She added, “If I were a Muslim, I’d be happy with America as it is.”
In an interview with CNN, she explained, “I’ve seen people come from the Middle East, from Africa, from Europe, and they are all looking for the same thing: God bless America.”