We sit down with the Lagos-based producer to talk about his creative process and working with Burna Boy on African Giant.
You may not have heard of him before now, but if you've been paying even the slightest bit of attention to Afrobeats in recent times, you've definitely heard his productions. His name is Benjamz, and he's a producer you definitely need to have on your radar. Born Nnonah Benjamin Chibuike, since the start of his career the Lagos-based producer has worked with the who's who of Nigerian hip-hop: Phyno, Illbliss, Yung6ix, Dremo. Those are just a few names of the artists that Benjamz has songs with to his credit.
Just 27-years-old, Benjamz is now a Grammy-nominated producer for his production on the title track of global Afrobeats star Burna Boy's critically acclaimed 2019 album African Giant, as well as the song "Gum Body" featuring British singer and songwriter Jorja Smith. Now Benjamz has gone from a regular participant in the usual Lagos music hustle, to his productions being a key part of Afrobeats' international crossover appeal. These are no small feats, and he couldn't be more excited.
OkayAfrica sat down with Benjamz to talk about his career. He shared insight on everything from his creative process, to working with Burna Boy, to the feeling he had when he discovered he was on the African Giant album. Read our conversation below.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.