Wizkid officially releases collabo with Drake ‘Come Closer’ [Listen Now]

Wizkid’s ‘Come closer’ featuring Drake has been released officially.

The song was produced by Sarz.

The Caribbean feel vibe which was initially leaked in January as ‘Hush up the silence’ serves as Wizkid’s first single off his forthcoming third album “Sounds From The Other Side”.

The pair of Drake and Wiz who have scored number one on the Billboard chart with ‘One dance’ make a good pair yet again on this song.

A video for the song directed by Daps, (the director behind Hip-Hop group Migos’ ‘Bad and Boujee’ visual) will be dropping soon.

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I’m not competing with Davido and Wizkid – Ayo Jay

Ayo Jay speaks on the feeling of performing at the SXSW “ Sounds From Africa and The Caribbean” 2017 music showcase held on Saturday March 18, 2017 at The Belmont, Austin Texas, USA.

He describes it as a good feeling and shows that he’s doing something right.

On his relationship, and if he is in a healthy rivalry with Davido and Wizkid, Jay says he is in his own lane, and they all bring different energies.

Ayo JayAyo Jay (Instagram)

I’m in my own lane kind of, I’m the only one doing my own kind of thing, there really is no competition, we are just Africans doing big things out here, so it’s different lanes, different energies,” Jay says.

He speaks on ‘Want you’ and ‘The vibe’ as his independent records, and will be out with his next RCA single, which is more of a pop song titled ‘Passenger’.

Ayo also reveals he has a collaboration with Davido coming through soon.

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Wizkid’s 2nd son, Ayo Balogun Jr, celebrates first birthday [Photos]

Wizkid’s second son with Binta Diamond Diallo, turned one today, January 17, 2017, and the Guinean model shared the cutest photos via her Instagram page to celebrate.

Ayo Balogun Jr looked adorable, perched on his mum’s leg with a crown on his head, at what seemed to be a Micky Mouse themed birthday party.

Another cute shot shows him on a couch with a balloon showing his new age, beside him.

The birth of the singer’s second son, Ayo Balogun Jr rocked social media in 2016 after Diallo made her pregnancy and delivery public knowledge.

Although Wizkid is yet to publicly acknowledge Ayo Balogun Jr, DNA results have since proven that the one-year-old is very much his son.

Wizkid is also father to five-year-old Boluwatife Balogun, whom he shares with ex-girlfriend, Sola Ogudu.

Bolu only turned five in May 2016

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How Wizkid’s broad audience is influencing his music

Wizkid has scaled many heights in a successful career. And now it would seem that, his new-found wider audience is influencing his music.

The novelty of being the best fades away, and boredom sets in. Every new achievement becomes parallel with the previous one, with growth appearing to be horizontal instead of vertical.

For musicians, when you get to the top of the food chain in Africa, it can a bit boring. How much money is too much, how any magazine covers and press rounds? The crowds become the same, the cities flow through like a blur, the movement, recording and results are all repetitive, everything becomes gold, the sycophancy is top notch and the women are in gazillions.

 

There’s hardly anything that is not within your reach in your existence. You have wealth, fame, and fans. You have alcohol, women and music. Heaven has a high opinion of you, and then you begin to seek new ways to enjoy life.

When stars reach this point, your need for more pushes you into different directions. Many self-destruct in the need to find a spark. Others chase more businesses and expand their economics beyond what it is.

Wizkid is expanding his market, and it is beautiful to watch. Having dominated the continent and grown to the best possible height, Wizkid began to feel the numbness of having it all. There was a certain template to his music, and the shows felt like everything was a series of predetermined moves.

But then came Drake on ‘Ojuelegba’, and the rest became history. You can argue for Wizkid not being prolific in terms of music releases, but he has chased the markets that are beyond the shores of Africa. These markets are across the Atlantic and the Pacific. They are comprised of people with a different music culture and art preferences.

Wizkid and Drake are collaborating on new material again.Wizkid and Drake are collaborating on new material again. (Twitter)

They have provided Wizkid with a new outlet for his creativity, and he has begun to make music to suit them. The local Nigerian flavor is almost gone. What Wizkid is chasing is slightly universal. He is working hard at utilizing the influence and penetration of the Caribbean sounds to the world.

He isn’t doing ‘Tungba’ music. What he is chasing is totally different from the sounds that many Nigerians expect him to push. Instead he is going the way of the Caribbean, and creating music that is cool experimentation of their dancehall template.

We saw this happen in ‘One Dance’, where Drake appropriated Dancehall for profit, and Wizkid played multi-faceted role in it. Then he pulled it off with Tinie Tempah on ‘Mamacita’. Before flirting with Justine Skye in a way that is totally not Nigerian on ‘U don’t know’.

But it is ‘Daddy Yo’, his single from 2016, that brings the resignation that Wizkid is chasing a different route with his quest for ‘international exposure’.  Wizkid relies on the classic Reggaeton beat as a base, before layering it with a melody that is both forward and immersive. Then there’s the chorus taken by Efya.

Wizkid and EfyaWizkid and Efya

Wizkid is hoping to penetrate the American market, and his leaked “Hush up the silence” song with Drake shows that he intends to serve them what they already know. The American market is very favourable to a number of Caribbean markets.

In recent memory, straight-Caribbean hits seem to only pop up on the U.S. charts in the summer. Think of last 2015’s “Cheerleader” by OMI. Think of 2014’s “Rude” by Magic! For many, those tunes are right for wearing white linen in the scorching heat. In 2016, Drake held the Billboard 100 top spot for 12 weeks with ‘One Dance’. Before that Rihanna had carried the culture again with ‘Work’.

Wizkid with Tinie Tempah on the set of 'Mamacita' video shoot Wizkid with Tinie Tempah on the set of ‘Mamacita’ video shoot (Instagram/wizkidayo )

Wizkid has a firm history of this, and Sony Music Entertainment, which signed him up to a huge deal in 2016 have their fingers on the pulse of the market. They will be responsible in the direction of the artiste and the music that would be useful to their business.

Dancehall does that. Reggaeton does that. Soca fusions would do that. But straight-up Afrobeat never has. That’s a gamble that many label executives are unwilling to make.

Wizkid’s foray into new markets will see him try to satisfy a wider audience, and he has gotten hold of a genre to give him the penetration. That genre is what he is currently chasing.

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Ugandan court orders arrest of Wizkid

A Ugandan court issued a direct order, tasking operatives of the Ugandan police and the International Police (Interpol), to arrest Nigeria pop star, Wizkid and his manager, Sunday Are.

The order was issued by Magistrate Baligeya Moses Mufumbiro on Friday and said Wizkid should be arrested on or before January 16, 2017.

This follows a suit filed by Muwema and Co, solicitors for Face TV Ltd.

Wizkid and Are are being accused of failing to honour a contractual agreement it reached with its client.

The plaintiff said Wizkid failed to attend a concert scheduled for December 3 in Kampala, after a payment of $60,000 was made to Are.

It also alleged that it paid $5,000 and $3,000 respectively as brokerage fee and for the days they would stay in Uganda.

Muwema claims Face TV accrued expenses of over $300,000, after over 25,000 Ugandans had already bought tickets for the concert.

Earlier this month, Wizkid issued a statement cancelling all his shows this year and January 2015 for health reasons.

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Wizkid cancels all December, January shows over health

Popular Nigerian crooner, Wizkid, has cancelled all his billed musical concerts in December this year and January 2017.
In an apology he made to his fans in Nigeria and Uganda, the “Ojuelegba” crooner said that he took the action following the advise of his doctors.
He promised new music before the end of this year, and promised to be back, stronger and better.
For almost 2 years Wizkid has been moving from one tour or show to another all over the world, and had arranged the homecoming concert since he had not significantly performed in Nigeria since the beginning of 2016.
His teeming fans have stormed his social media pages to shower him with good wishes.
See a screenshot of his public message below:
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FEATURE: How Wizkid pegged a spot at the Grammys

Wizkid has taken many trailblazing paths throughout his very much decorated musical journey; ultimately landing him a seat at next year’s Grammys

But Wizkid followed his instinct and dream. Perhaps he saw what many did not see ahead. Perhaps it is a gamble ‘come true’. What is obvious now is that he has made a huge success of his career to the point that only a few can remember that he once had to drop out of the university.

After several breakthroughs that include some three major international awards this year alone, the artiste has zoomed back to the consciousness of the Nigerian music scene and beyond, with a Grammy nomination he just secured.

With the development, Wizkid has entered another ‘hall of fame’ following the likes of King Sunny Ade and Femi Anikulapo Kuti, who have been nominated for the Grammy two and four times, respectively.

The nomination did not directly come to him, say for his own work, but for featuring in Drake’s hit single One Dance.

The track is from Drake’s hit album, Views, which makes the  Album of the Year category at the 2016 Grammy.

It, however, has a long way to cover as it is competing with the works of huge stars, such as Adele, Beyonce  and Justin Bieber.

A nomination is not as sweet as outright win, but many people see it as a giant stride. A few years ago, Wizkid decided to go international by seeking collaborations abroad and promoting his works far beyond his fatherland.

That, again, is a gamble that has failed several Nigerian artistes who sought the greener pastures at what can be described as the peak of the careers. For instance, observers believe that the foreign adventures that the likes of Lagbaja, Adewale Ayuba and D’Banj embarked at various times caused major setbacks for them. Indeed, D’Banj warned his colleagues against such moves a few months ago. For Wizkid, however, it seems to be so far so Grammy – sorry, so good.

Wizkid is raising Nigeria’s flag alongside Faridah Seriki, daughter of a politician, Demola Seriki.

This is more surprising to many people as the singer, whose stage name is Kah-Lo, is not yet popular in the country.

The  graduate of Hofstra Journalism in the United States of America was nominated for ‘Best Dance Recording Rinse & Repeat – Riton, Featuring Kah-Lo’.

To buttress the song’s popularity, it has been streamed 5 million times on Spotify and played 1.5 million times on YouTube less than a month after its release.

Ultimately some Nigerian artistes – even if of mixed descents — have won the Grammy. They include SEAL (Olusegun Samuel) an R&B , singer born to a Nigerian mother and Brazilian father. There is also Sade (Folashade Adu), Chamillionaire (Hakeem Seriki), Sikiru Adepoju and Kelvin Olusola.

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Alicia Keys hints at future collaboration as she admits – ‘I’m in love with Wizkid’ [See Video]

Iconic singer Alicia Keys has showered praises on Wizkid and has also hinted at a potential future collaboration with the ‘Starboy’.

This future collaboration statement was made by the ‘Girl on fire’ singer during an interview with Oldman Ebro on Apple’s Beats 1 radio show.

Alicia Keys on Wizkid colaborationAlicia Keys on Wizkid colaboration(Youtube)

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On a potential collaboration with Wizkid, Keys says “We’re vibing on some stuff actually and it was dope. I think that’s what’s so incredible about music forever, whenever music cross-pollinates, blows in the wind, come all around and be influenced by different sonic and different sounds,” making reference to Fela Kuti being influenced by James Brown.

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Speaking of her type of collaboration with Wizkid, the star singer further says that when such music comes together, she feels like the greatest music is made because there is no boundary of its definition or where it can live.

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Alicia Keys was found online dancing to ‘Ojuelegba’ by Wizkid to show how much she was in tune with the Starboy singer’s sound.

Wizkid had earlier in the year mentioned that he and Alicia Keys were on to something in the studio, and describing their vibing together in studio as “making magic and real music”.

All the fans want now is to see this one-of-a-kind team up between the gifted pair manifest.

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‘MTV EMA error will not damage Wizkid’s career’

Starboy Wizkid will be obviously bitter in wake of a recent MTV EMA error which had him forfeit his award as the ‘Best African Act’ in the 2016 edition of the show.

This MTV EMA error, was not self-inflicted. Unlike the last time when the duo were reported to have clashed in Kenya in a needless display of ego, this time, they didn’t have to do anything to shamefully be in the news.

This time it came from MTV, who made this happen by an honest error that has seen Africa’s most popular pop singer face derision and mass ridicule.

Wizkid forfeits MTV EMA Best Africa Act to AlikibaWizkid forfeits MTV EMA Best Africa Act to Alikiba (MTV)

In an interesting turn of events, MTV Europe Music Awards has taken away Nigerian superstar Wizkid‘s “Best Africa Act” award after he won it at the award show held a couple of days ago. As is the usual practice, Wizkid was announced as the winner of the prestigious award even a day before the actual show was held.

However, the MTV EMAs website now reflects Tanzanian singer Alikiba as the winner of the award and Starboy Wizkid has deleted all reference to him winning the award off his social media pages.

This isn’t the first time Wizkid and Alikiba are at loggerheads for recognition. The two stars had an altercation at Chris Brown’s Mombasa Rocks Music Festival in Kenya a couple of weeks ago where Alikiba made claims to be a bigger star than Wizkid in Kenya – a country neither of them is from.

Wizkid AlikibaWizkid Alikiba

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“The error arose due to changes in the way in which Best Worldwide was chosen this year; this led to the wrong artist initially being revealed on social media. ” a rep of MTV told Pulse via email..

It took 5 days for the error to be acknowledged and corrected, something that has caused everyone involved a bit of discomfort.

But contrary to how it is being painted by the many sections of the media, Wizkid’s only trophy at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards wasn’t limited to the Best African Act. The singer was also part of an elite group of artistes who were celebrated in the ‘Worldwide Acts’ category. They include:

Troye Sivan – Australia

Shawn Mendes – Canada

Maluma – Columbia

GOT7 – Korea

Wizkid  – Nigeria

Zara Larsson – Sweden

Ariana Grande – U.S.

The 6 ‘Worldwide Act’ winners, including Wizkid, were selected by an international committee of MTV music executives to recognise current artists who are rising to have a wider geographic appeal beyond their local regions. The winners were chosen based off a range of criteria including international MTV video play, radio airplay, streams, and sales across multiple territories and regions.

Wizkid wins MTV Europe Music Awards 2016.Wizkid wins MTV Europe Music Awards 2016 (Instagram)

An MTV spokesperson commented, “Both Wizkid and Alikiba are great artistes and deserving winners at the MTV EMAs and we congratulate them wholeheartedly on their achievements.  We apologise for any confusion but we are pleased to recognise the achievements of both these artists on this global platform.’

Wizkid’s romance with MTV in 2016 transcends the EMA. The Starboy was heavily involved at the MTV Africa Music Awards which held in Johannesburg. Wizkid was the star of the night. The singer was the biggest winner of the night with three trophies (Best Male Artiste, Best African Act, Best Collaboration), before capping off a great night with a powerful performance at the show which was broadcasted live to every house on the continent.

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“Wizkid is the deserved winner of the prestigious MTV EMAs’ Worldwide Act. An unfortunate error led to him being mistakenly pronounced winner of Best African Act, but that error has now been corrected.  His achievement in winning Best Worldwide artist is a great testament to his artistry and global appeal,” a rep explained further, while intimating us with how the singer was informed, and the processes that led to him surrendering the erroneous Best African Act award.

“We have apologised for any confusion caused by the error, we should now be looking forward and congratulating Wizkid on his achievement in winning Best Worldwide artist at the MTV EMAs,” the rep said.

Wizkid has enjoyed a phenomenal 2016. The singer has continuously pushed to take the African sound to global markets.

Wizkid is seen holding an award at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards.Wizkid is seen holding an award at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (MTV)

That mission has seen him break through the glass ceiling of achievement, collaborating with the biggest international stars, while signing a deal with Sony Music Entertainment. As awards go, the star has trophies from the MAMA, MOBO, AFRIMA, AFRIMMA, and many others.

Winning the MTV EMA Best African Act would have been special, but hey, these things happen. 2016 is still his year. One mistake does not ruin his 2016 phenomenal run.

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Wizkid suspects foul play from MTV as EMA strips him of award, gives it to Tanzania’s Alikiba

Nigerians were shocked to the core when it was announced that Wizkid had been stripped of his ‘Best African Act’ award at MTV European Music Awards held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on November 6, 2016, with Alikiba announced as the rightful winner.

The award which was initially given to Wizkid was said to have been taken from him and given to his Tanzanian counterpart, Alikiba.

 It was reported that the MTV EMA posted a statement on its website which named Alikiba, as the rightful recipient of the award.

The statement read, “MTV congratulates Alikiba, who has won Best African Act at the 2016 MTV EMAs. The news was revealed 10 November, after the incorrect results were posted late Sunday night (6 November) due to an error. Six Worldwide Act winners, including Wizkid, were selected by an international committee of MTV music executives to recognise current artists who are rising to have a wider geographic appeal beyond their local regions. The winners were chosen based on a range of criteria including international MTV video play, radio airplay, streams, and sales across multiple territories and regions. The winner of Best African Act was selected by fans via votes on MTVEMA.com. Both Wizkid and Alikiba are great artistes and deserving winners at the MTV EMAs and we congratulate them wholeheartedly on their achievements. We apologise for any confusion but we are pleased to recognise the achievements of both artists on this global platform.”

Reacting to this development, Wizkid’s manager, Sunday Are, told Saturday Beats via a telephone conversation that there was something fishy going on.

“They had announced him as the winner and if he was at the award ceremony and the award had been given to him in person, would they come back to say that the award isn’t for him anymore? I think there is something fishy going on about this development. If Wizkid was present to receive the award, would they have said on stage that it was an error? I really think there is something suspicious going on. The MTV EMA is not a small award, it is a very prestigious one and they cannot afford to make such a mistake because it is too costly. Personally, I think there is more to this and something suspicious is going on,” he said.

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