Wizkid speaks on Apple Music’s ‘The Zane Lowe Show’ about artistic growth, being an old soul and working with Damian Marley and Ella Mai on his latest album, ‘Made In Lagos’.
Wizkid has reportedly called the resounding success of Made in Lagos a “blessing”. According to Botswana Unplugged, he said that he’s thankful for the global positive reception. When the 14-track album dropped, The Source called him a “musical titan” who has the ability dominate unfamiliar music markets. The powerful album proves this with features from fellow Nigerian star Burna Boy, American singers Ella Mai and H.E.R as well as Jamaican artists Damian Marley and Projexx. When asked about the collaborations, Wizkid does not hold back:
“You know, first of all, like when two artists go in the room to make music, especially two great artists, you definitely going to create magic. But when you have like two real people or like three real people in the room that you’re bound to make, even like exceptional music. So me getting in the room with Projexx, Damian Marley Ella Mai, everyone that I made music with. I just wanted to make sure I’m making music. I’m not making music for the name or just cause the name looks nice together.”
The 30-year-old father reflects on how the COVID-19 lockdown broke the illusion of touring, stating that it’s easy to get stuck in the distorted reality of that world. He also laments the loss of performing live and the energy exchange which he used to receive from audiences. The lockdown has in effect, sobered him up and invariably led to a new drive for making music. “So right now it’s like, I’m making some of the most purest, realist music I’ve ever made in life”, he says to Lowe on the show.