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Wizkid talks about his Global Success in FADER Magazine + Writing with Chris Martin, His Upcoming EP & More

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun is one Nigerian artist that has attained international recognition – and he deserves it.

The Nigerian has managed to not only cross over into the global world but also merge the International music scene and the Nigerian music scene.

In this feature with International magazine, FADER, he talks about his many collaborations including writing with ColdPlay’s Chris Martin on a song for Rihanna, a collaboration with Tinie Tempah, an unreleased song called “African Bad Girl” with Chris Brown and more.

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See excerpts from his interview below.

On awards: My real fans know I am not really about that kind of thing. That was not the reason why I fell in love with music.

On ‘Ojuelegba’: I knew it was a good song but I didn’t expect it to blow up the way that it did. My parents still live there. We have a house there.

On house music: I like the way house music is produced. In Africa, house music artists are the ones most likely to cross over internationally. There are very few African artists who can do that

On his upcoming EP ‘Sounds from the Other Side’: I’m a perfectionist. I can listen to the music now and tomorrow I’ll be like, ‘Yo, I feel we need to change this’, and then we have to go back to the drawing board.

You can read up his full feature here.

Photo Credit: Dan Wilton for FADER Magazine

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

12 Comments

  1. makash

    November 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Hey Wizkid…international star in the making

  2. R8album

    November 19, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    African house music artistes are the only ones able to cross over?? And very few african artistes can cross over…..uhmm huh??? Wat tha f-???

    Shut up!!! Dbanj crossed over, tuface did, asa did, nneka did, fela did, KsA, flavour, timaya….pls sit down abeg. That kylie jenner and alicia keys played ur music means zero!!!

    Hola at Timaya or Dbanj when u can headline international festivals in USA or Trinidada

    • S!

      November 19, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Shut up you.
      Off all the number of non house musicians in Africa how many did you mention? He didn’t say house musicians are the only ones that cross over, he said most likely and it’s true because the house genre is the most similar to pop. Reason before you comment. When last was Dbanj any relevant in the international market btw?

    • squad

      November 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      shey is it by doing house boy for american stars? looool

    • mrs chidukane

      November 20, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      It’s not that serious you know

  3. Cher

    November 19, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Star boy Wizzy !!!!!!
    I love him

  4. Anonymous

    November 20, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Americans always want African artistes to look “African”…their own definition of African. What’s all this making him snap on a tree and in Bush? Hiss

    • JADE

      November 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

      hahahahahaha, as per monkey ya know?!?!

    • Sadia

      November 21, 2015 at 4:11 am

      I think Africans actually go and search for meaning.You took the concept of the shoot too serious na.

  5. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    November 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    The first picture looks like he’s about to poop!

  6. ennybabe

    December 10, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Y the beef nah!Wizzy the international star we are looking up to.Carry bcos God almighty is on your side.Haters can hug transformer.

  7. winta

    February 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    egbon….calm na….is it until dea call us fathers name that u will be happy?….for christ sake be happy for someone’s success

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