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Jidenna: "It's Nigeria's Moment, It's Africa's Moment"

Jidenna told CNN that it's Nigeria's moment in music right now and revealed that he's been in the studio with Wizkid.

It's no news that Nigerian sounds from the likes of Wizkid, Ayo Jay and others are showing their impact on charts across the globe.


To give his two cents on the matter, Jidenna recently spoke to CNN and shared his thoughts on the current musical climate. He also revealed that he's been in the studio with Wizkid.

"I think it's Nigeria's moment, it's Africa's moment," he tells CNN. "I think Nigeria is a spearhead because Nigerians seem to be charged full of character so people are eating it up all across the world."

"You've seen Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats [sic] and Drake, Chris Brown, Party Next Door... listening to Afrobeats as well. I wanted to see [if] in the US, I can get a song on the radio that actually has pidgin in it? And I did it," he mentions.

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"That's the beautiful thing... [my album] you can dance and shoki to it, in the larger context my album blends the different worlds that I've lived in."

"I've already been in the studio with Wizkid," he also added, "I have plans to be in the studio with everyone I consider a bridge builder, the Davido's, the Tiwa Savage's, I love Flavour's music, my fellow Igbo brother. So I would love to connect with everybody."

If you remember, back in September, Jidenna visited his childhood home in Nigeria and launched a scholarship at Enugu State University.

Read the full interview, in which Jidenna also goes into his controversy over kidnapping comments and his father's legacy, over at CNN.

 

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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