Wizkid celebrates 10 years of musical fame


30-year-old music star Wizkid doesn’t look like he’s over 20. Wearing gold rimmed sunglasses, an oversized diamond necklace and scarlet red tracksuit, the singer exudes an aura of eternal youth with his bling-bling player look. He doesn’t seem to have aged one iota since the release of his prophetic debut album, Super star. In true Nigerian fashion, Wizkid, a master at the art of self-promotion, warms up in front of the camera to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his record breaking.

The docuseries, entitled A superstar made in Lagos, features 10 interviews – one of “Starboy” himself, of course, as well as others with other artists and the mentors who inspired him. Fans can stream the episodes on StarBoy Television, the YouTube channel of the singer who has over 1.8 million subscribers.

Directed by Lagos-based company JM Films, which is behind the clips for hit songs by Nigerian artists like Burna Boy and Mr Eazi, the docuseries have slick production values ​​but rewrite the origin story of Wizkid, smoothing out the bumps along his journey to stardom.

This video quirk has to be taken for what it is: an exercise in self-promotion that fervently celebrates the star’s humility.

Sitting casually against the back cover of his single, No stress, Wizkid pays homage to Lagos (the city that “defines” the singer who now lives between Los Angeles and London), to love (“the greatest religion”) and to his family. “The most important thing for me is family,” he said, mentioning his son in particular. Known for his feminine manners, the artist got a student, Sola Ogudugu, pregnant at the age of 21 and initially denied being the father of the child.

Humble beginnings

In his interview, Wizkid also looks back on the first days of his musical career. “I was in the studio every day, even when I wasn’t invited,” he says, expressing his gratitude to Banky W., who co-founded the Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) label and was the first to sign. the promising artist, giving him the opportunity to record Super star.

However, Wizkid is addressing the darker side of the story, as the singer founded his own label, StarBoy Entertainment, a few years after working with Banky W., and often bumped into his ex-mentor on Twitter. However, the couple seem to have made their peace since then. “I want to thank Banky for understanding my vision and for taking me under his wing like his little brother,” Wizkid said humbly.

Banky W. himself makes an appearance, giving one of the most interesting interviews in the docuseries. At one point, he recalls the superstar’s brave and humble beginnings and adolescence in the Surulere neighborhood of Lagos: “He would go to any studio they left him lying around. He was hanging around all day and waiting, hoping and praying, that the engineers or the producers would take pity on him and say, “Come and record for 15 or 30 minutes”, because obviously he couldn’t pay for his sound. [own] sessions. “

Self-directed praise

In another interview, artist Terri, signed by Wizkid, recounts the workaholic streak of the afrobeat sensation. “He’s not sleeping,” he says, recounting how Wizkid’s entourage would tell him to get some R&R, but instead he would call five producers at the same time to discuss his next hit. The Basketmouth actor and producer recalls a recording session in which Wizkid delivered a flawless one-take performance for a song that, alas, was never released. Even Femi Kuti shows up for an episode, thanking the artist for her involvement in Felabration, an annual music festival held in honor of Fela Kuti. Professional boxer Anthony Joshua, for his part, doesn’t have much to say other than that he’s a Wizkid fan.

In conclusion, this video quirk has to be taken for what it is: an exercise in self-promotion that fervently celebrates the star’s humility. But Wizkid deserves some credit for his nerve, and the docuseries are a friendly reminder that a little praise never hurts, especially now that the singer has competition – including the likes of Burna Boy – even when the praise is a bit self-evident. -directed.


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