“Wizkid Has A Profound Sense Of Duty To Not Just Nigeria But The African Continent” –

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Nigerian born American star, Jidenna,
is presently in the country and was
recently interviewed by Pulse.ng
The ‘Classic man’ crooner, during his
exclusive interview, talked about the
rise of Afrobeat, Wizkid and of course
his own kind of sound.
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On Wizkid, Jidenna spoke in glowing
terms about the singer, confirming that
he has indeed listened to Wizkid’s new
album and it sure is very good.
He said:
“We both have the same process when
we are in the studio; the way we come
up with melodies, the song concepts and
what not. So we did some work on each
other’s albums, I don’t know what will
happen on it, cause you never know. It’s
all a matter of time.”
“But I love working with him. He like I,
has a profound sense of duty to not just
Nigeria, but the African continent. He
was very focused, and his new album
sounds like East Africa, West Africa,
South Africa, North Africa, and even
Central Africa. He has different sounds,
and I love that about him.”
On the growth of Afrobeat :
“It’s the beginning of a larger movement
for Nigeria, for Africa to move into the
world’s spotlight, be respected, be more
understood, be appreciated for what we
bring. It’s starting with music and
dance, but it’s gonna expand to
everything. To me, that’s what this
signifies; it’s the beginning of a turning
point.”
On infusing afrobeat in his latest single
‘A Little Bit More’:
“It’s a natural evolution, you know. The
whole album is a variety of sounds,
because I have lived in a lot of different
places; in the US, in Enugu, and of
course in Lagos. So I wanna make sure
that each record feels like a new world.
‘Chief don’t run’ is a prequel to ‘Classic
man’, and a prequel to ‘Long live the
chief’. What happened? Who was Classic
Man before he was a man, who was he
when he was a boy? When his mom
came to the US with him. So that’s what
the video shows a little bit.
“The sound of ‘A little beat more’ – the
Afrobeat flavor fused with some of the
sounds that I’ve already been doing – it
was natural, that’s what came to me
that day. When I was making the
records, with people from Wondaland
Records like Roman GianAurthur and
Nana, who I make all the music with.
For the pidgin: I am a trickster, so I like
when you are on the radio in the US,
and you don’t expect to hear pidgin
anywhere in the US. I thought that I
could sneak it in there, and I did. So
now it’s funny hearing it, because I can’t
believe that I have people from Utah
singing it and saying ‘What is a
‘wahala’? I like that. It’s the same thing
with ‘Classic Man’, it’s all tricks you
know.

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