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Alicia Keys Says She "Loves Wizkid" and Hints at Their Collaboration

Speaking with Ebro during an interview for his Beats 1 radio show, Alicia Keys hinted at her collaboration with Wizkid and more.

Alicia Keys is coming strong off the release of her latest album, Here, earlier this month.

This week, while talking to Ebro for this Apple Music Beats 1 show, she was asked about her thoughts on Wizkid and a certain Instagram post of her dancing to "Ojuelegba."

Her reply: "I love Wizkid. Definitely love that energy. We actually vibed on some stuff and it was dope. I think that's what's so incredible about music forever: whenever music cross-pollinates, starts to blow in the wind, come all around and be influenced by different sonics and different sounds."

"I mean, how much of Fela was influenced by James Brown? When that happens, the greatest music happens, because there's no boundary of its definition and where it can live," she mentions.

This shouldn't be much of a surprise as her love of Wizkid and other Nigerian artists has been well-documented. Wizkid himself has tweeted about the possible collaboration between the two.

Also, "In Common," one of the standout singles from Keys' new album, in many ways could be considered an afrobeats track.

Watch a snippet from the singer's interview with Ebro in the video above. While we wait to hear this elusive Alicia Keys x Wizkid collaboration, we'll leave you with this:

This song makes me happy??? #goodvibes @wizkidayo ????

A video posted by Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) on

Photo credit should read KELVIN IKPEA/AFP via Getty Images

The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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