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WurlD: Nigeria's Most Inspired Star?

We talk to the Nigerian artist about creating a sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind.

WurlD, the blue-haired singer with a killer voice and deep songwriting, is a wonder. His music sits at the intersection between African vibes and Western delivery. 2018 has been a huge for him, with a deal with Universal Music ensuring that his art has received consistency in release.

Born Sadiq Onifade, the Afro-Fusion artist has had an inspiring journey, moving from the streets of Mushin in Lagos, to the US, from where much of his music has been conceived. The complete creative embrace of that cross-cultural influence has become his strongest point, with songs such as "Show You Off" and "Contagious" offering a unique angle to his sound.

"Moving to America for me gave me the opportunity to learn music and I fell in love with songwriting," WurlD says of his influence. "Atlanta (where I lived) is a creative hub when it comes to songwriting and producing, some of the biggest songs in the world were produced in Atlanta, people round the world go to Atlanta to go meet producers and songwriters in Atlanta. There, I fell in love with music and songwriting."

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Coachella 2019: Why Burna Boy & Mr Eazi Are The Right Artists to Bring Afrobeats to the World

With Wizkid's no show at Coachella 2018, Burna and Eazi are next in line to lead Africa's takeover of global pop music

Last year, African music fans had their hopes dashed when Wizkid failed to show up for his slot at Coachella, the world's most prestigious music festival. Many shared their frustrations.

For many, seeing the continent's biggest star on the main stage was proof that African culture was taking over even the most exclusive spaces. As Africans, we believe that our art can compete for the highest honour and is deserving of the highest acclaim. We fight for our own, and shoot down voices that appear to discredit our growth. But Wizkid failed us when he failed to get on to that plane. And Africans made it known.

This year, we have a double shot representation with Burna Boy and Mr Eazi. Both musicians are scheduled for Coachella's second weekend in April. Africans who make the trip there will have an extra dose of their culture being served in a space that has long eluded them. When we scream "Afrobeats to the world," we aren't just referring to shows predominantly packed with Africans in the diaspora. We want the music to permeate spaces like these, and grow our cultural influence. Where's a bigger stage then than Coachella? Point us there. We want it all!

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Op-Ed: In 'Fever,' Wizkid & Tiwa Savage Are Manipulating African Curiosity For Profit

Wizkid and Tiwa Savage aren't dating, they have successfully utilized public attention on their interactions to improve their bottom-line. But the main problem here are the attacks on Tiwa.

Manipulation. That's the operative word when Wizkid and Tiwa Savage continue to press the buttons of Africans. Their on-screen romance continues to polarize the continent, with the video for Wizkid's "Fever" stoking the flames.

This continent is packed full with different classes of people who are triggered by anything the duo put out. These people are the hypocrites, the misogynists, the archaic traditionalists, and of course, an army of haters.

Wizkid and Tiwa Savage know these people exist. They understand their triggers. Now they are hitting it with abandon, like kids enjoying a game of whack-a-mole. Wizzy and Tiwa's romance was always going to be a massive hit of taboo. Africa is obsessed with any interaction between men and women. That fixation gets stronger when their is the possibility of genitals being in play. Tiwa Savage is reportedly 38 years old. Wizkid is a decade younger. Tiwa is a single mother of one who exited a marriage to a man that many deem "irresponsible." Wizkid is regarded as the African poster boy for deadbeat fathers, due to trouble with his baby mamas. These two people are considered bad for each other. But they are together, living their life, staying hydrated, and people are pressed.

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