Wizkid at Gidi Fest 2018. Photo: Tej/Gidi Culture Festival.

The Significance Of Wizkid's Failure To Perform At Coachella

And what consequences this could have for future Nigerian and African music shows abroad.

Nigeria's Wizkid didn't perform at the 2018 edition of the Coachella Valley and Arts Festival. While leading musicians across genres from all parts of the world climbed the stages over two weekends to provide concert-goers a live experience of their art, Starboy was absent. He was booked, his name was announced in the line-up, and two slots, over two weekends were allocated for his set. But he missed his placement due to "his inability to get US visas" for his band members.

Wizkid didn't just miss this chance. Africa did. Due to the significance of the his set at such a global stage, the Afrobeats movement did. Everyone, from creators, through the facilitators of the art, down to the consumers, everyone missed out on a crucial chance to bring our music to a diverse audience, at arguably the biggest music festival in the world. The timing was right. Wizkid, due to strength of his art, and the efficacy of his deals, found himself as the anointed one from Africa to do that.

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Wizkid at Gidi Fest 2018. Photo: Tej/Gidi Culture Festival.

Here's Where You Can Live Stream Wizkid's Coachella 2018 Performance

Watch Wizkid's Coachella live performance right here on OkayAfrica.

Update: 4/20: Wizkid's weekend 2 Coachella set is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at 2:50-3:35 p.m. PST on the Coachella Stage.

Update 4/14: Wizkid has cancelled his performance at Weekend 1 citing visa issues with his band. Coachella confirmed he will not be performing this weekend but will be present for Weekend 2. See the tweets below


Wizkid keeps making our weekend better and better. He just released three new tracks, and is set to perform twice at Coachella this year.

The Nigerian artist's first performance will be Saturday afternoon (April 14), but don't start selling your belongings for a plane ticket to California just yet, Wizkid's set will be streamed live.

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Wizkid Releases 3 New Tracks To Kickstart Your Weekend

Wizkid comes correct again with a new MUT4Y collab and more.

These three new tracks from Wizkid ahead of his Coachella appearances are sure to set your weekend right.

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