News Brief

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.

A photo posted by Jidenna (@jidenna) on

"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.

 

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The 6 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wavy the Creator x WurlD, Epoque, Tems, Silverstone Barz, Kofi Jamar, Olamide x Jaywillz and more