‘How My Father Was Against My Music’ – Wizkid

Award-winning Nigerian artiste, Wizkid recently had a chat with Jasmine Dotiwala of British television station, Channel 4, where he talked about his plans to conquer the international music market, how his father was initially against his music.

He disclosed that his father was – in the early days – was averse to his music career, adding that his father wanted him to stay at home and study rather than go to record in the studio.

“My Dad used to fight me every time. ‘Don’t go to the studio, stay at home and study’. I just had my dreams and I followed them here. But now, people take pictures with him on the streets,” he told Channel 4. “He’s just so proud, and that’s my joy to make them happy.”

On Afrobeats and Afropop sounds influencing the Western music.

Wizkid said “Music is a universal language, you don’t need to understand what someone is saying to feel the music or love the music. For me, I feel like it’s just gonna bring this industry (Afrobeats) mainstream. It’s going to do a lot, it’s going to contribute, and probably take over the world.”

“Everyone has a little bit of Afropop sound-inspired. Look at Drake on his last album (“Views”), look at Alicia Keys with what she is doing right now with the sound on ‘In common’. Everything is coming back home.” Wizkid asserted that music is the only source of joy for people on the African continent, adding that it is what endears Africa to the world.

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