Wizkid : International Sensation

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun more popularly The Wizkid is a well-known music sensation of Nigeria, who continues to impress and melt hearts of millions of his fans. Born on the 16th July 1990, Wizkid is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and composer. He masters in his skills in some of the most known forms of African Music genres especially the Afro-beat, the Reggae and the Afro-pop.

Wizkid’s popularity particularly grew in 2010 with the release of his song, Holla at your baby, a song that featured in his debut album, which was released in 2011, “Superstar”. Empire Mates Entertainment released the album in both English and Yoruba languages.

The song brought him great fame and he was nominated for some of the biggest awards of the Nigerian Music Industry. The song also made up to The Headies Next Rated Awards 2011 and was able to mark a victory. Wizkid was the new music star from world tours to famous endorsements, using the Afro music genres as the key, he kept on paving his way to success and accomplishment.

The most famous of his albums, Superstar, incorporates in it some of the finest music genres: the Reggae, the dancehall and R&B (Rhythm and Blues). Stylistically, there are a few features in common between all these three genres, the origins of which can be found in Jamaica.

It is Wizkid’s contribution that has brought so much fame and attention to Nigeria. The musical genres of the African region and their growing domain via some immensely talented artists have given the African continent keen recognition globally.

In fact, in an interview to BBC, Wizkid was noted to say that, “Where sports used to do it, right now I feel like the music [is] – we’re doing it without a structure. So it’s crazy.” If the fever for good music continues in the region, the industry might turn into one of the most illustrious music industries of the world.

Wizkid’s current album “Ayo” was named in 2014 Rolling Stone great albums you didn’t hear. It also reached #1 on the UK R&B charts. and #21 on the Top 100 Charts. He recently collaborated with Chris Brown, Tyga, Wale, R2bees, Davido

His current single Oluejegba has been viewed over 3 million times on Youtube, thanks to promotion by Alicia Keys and a collaboration on the remix with Drake and Sarkodie.

Wizkid is featured on the afrobeat station of Zimvibes.