On the wings of his collaboration with Canadian rapper Drake on the track, “One Dance,” Wizkid emerged the first African pop star to win the Billboard Music Award, as he took home the trophy for the Top Streaming Song, Top R&B Song and Top R&B Collaboration categories on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, United States.
Again, Wizkid has stepped ahead and broken into the new grounds; a thing sought for by Africans following his breakthrough. Music legend Fela Kuti is duly recognized as the father of modern Nigerian music, given his timeless militant music which was a unification of funk, jazz, and African sound. This saw him coming up with a kind of sound that ended up serving as an inspiration to the rest of the world.
The youngster, Wizkid, tapped into Fela’s sound and has impressively explored it, consequently resulting in his rise from a being a local artiste to becoming an international star. His musical success has both entertained and inspired music folks, as he once walked the streets of Lagos, possessing nothing but talents. But today, he has become a star of international acclaim, promoting African sound via partnerships, collaboration, and major label funding.
However, his manner of approach has been subject to reservations, as he is believed to be chasing glory on the wings of Caribbean sounds, unlike his early days when it was all about Afrobeats. His recent collaborations only involve foreign stars, one of which has seen him becoming an overly notable international musical figure.
But then again, they are countless voices that are not focused on the details of the music he is pushing. However, the ultimate goal is clear. The singer has been able to attain a height others tried to attain but failed. If he keeps up as one of the resilient voices in global pop music, he might just lay claim to being the greatest Nigerian musician of the millennium. Would you say this theory is a feasible one?