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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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