You can’t deny the fact that Wizkid is one of the biggest African musicians ever.
The Nigerian singer scored his biggest global recognition with the release of 2014 hit, “Ojuelegba”, which detailed his childhood memories in the city located in Lagos and the struggle as a rising star. Canadian rapper Drake and Skepta did a remix of the song in 2015, which prompted Wizkid’s move to world music capitals in the UK and US, where he spent over a year before returning to Nigeria in December 2016.
Wizkid spent most of 2016 abroad to promote his brand internationally, and he found a new home at RCA Records/Sony Music after signing a multi-album deal with the international music company – that have the right sanction or release the singer’s music projects. But in December 2016, Wizkid arrived Nigeria for Christmas and was awarded Artist of the Year and Best African Artiste at the Headies and Soundcity MVP, respectively.
Days after Wizkid was present to receive both honours in Lagos, Nigeria, he announced the cancellation of his highly anticipated Lagos concert over health issues. “I’ve been on the road for 2 years touring and doing what I love without a break,’ he tweeted at the time. “And now its all catching up on me.” The Starboy homecoming concert was planned to take place at Eko Convention Centre on December 30, followed by a show at the New Afrika Shrine on January 1, 2017.
Although, 2016 wasn’t a good year for Wizkid’s longtime rival Davido, the Nigerian entertainment industry and music lovers were served hits from Tekno, Kiss Daniel, Olamide, Reekado Banks, Adekunle Gold, Humblesmith, Mr Eazi, and Falz throughout the year. But since Wizkid’s return to Nigeria in December 2016, the “Baba Nla” singer has spent more time in the country, recording many songs with various rising stars and following the “Pon Pon” sound, which was first unveiled by Davido – who claimed he was the first to make one million dollars off the sound.
After several collabos and shows to proof his dominance his dominance on African soil, Wizkid returned abroad in July 2017 for the release of “Sounds from the Other Side”, his third studio album, but first to be released through Sony Music. SFTOS contains his previously released hits, “Daddy Yo“, “Sweet Love”, “Come Closer” featuring Drake, “African Bad Gyal” featuring Chris Brown and “Naughty Ride” with Major Lazer. Producers that worked on the SFTOS include Sarz, Del B, Spellz, DJ Maphorisa, and DJ Mustard.
Wizkid’s return to Nigeria helped him regain his massive local fans at the time Davido won everyone’s heart with hit singles after suspending his contract with Sony Music to embrace basic sounds.
In 2017, Wizkid announced he will be releasing four mixtapes but he failed to make it happen, as fans continue to anticipate the release of his collaborations with Wande Coal, Slimcase, Kiss Daniel, Alicia Keys, Future, Jidenna, French Montana and more.
In May 2018, Wizkid became the first Africa-based artiste to sell out the 20,000 capacity 02 Arena in London, during his AfroRepublik concert, which he performed to a sold-out crowd alongside Eugy, Tiwa Savage, Maleek Berry, Yxng Bane, Mr Eazi, and Tekno. Since the then, Wizkid has remained in the UK to spend time with his family and also complete works on his new album “Made in Lagos” expected to drop this year. We can’t wait for the new sounds to arrive!
By Hassan Sanusi
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