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CROYDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Wizkid performs on stage on Day 2 at The Ends festival at Lloyd Park on May 31, 2019 in Croydon, England.

Listen to Wizkid's 'Made In Lagos' Interview with Apple Music

Wizkid speaks on Apple Music's 'The Zane Lowe Show' about artistic growth, being an old soul and working with Damian Marley and Ella Mai on his latest album, 'Made In Lagos'.

Wizkid has revealed deep insights in his latest interview on Apple Music's The Zane Lowe Show. The Afrobeats star reflects on the success of his latest album Made In Lagos which dropped in October of 2019. The interview with famed DJ and radio host Zane Lowe is a musical musing on collaborations, resilience, lessons learnt from the COVID-19 lockdown and artistic growth. The dialogue forecasts Wizkid's current music-making for a post-pandemic era.


Read: Wizkid Releases Highly-Anticipated 'Made in Lagos' Album

Wizkid has reportedly called the resounding success of Made in Lagos a "blessing". According to Botswana Unplugged, he said that he's thankful for the global positive reception. When the 14-track album dropped, The Source called him a "musical titan" who has the ability dominate unfamiliar music markets. The powerful album proves this with features from fellow Nigerian star Burna Boy, American singers Ella Mai and H.E.R as well as Jamaican artists Damian Marley and Projexx. When asked about the collaborations, Wizkid does not hold back:

"You know, first of all, like when two artists go in the room to make music, especially two great artists, you definitely going to create magic. But when you have like two real people or like three real people in the room that you're bound to make, even like exceptional music. So me getting in the room with Projexx, Damian Marley Ella Mai, everyone that I made music with. I just wanted to make sure I'm making music. I'm not making music for the name or just cause the name looks nice together."

The 30-year-old father reflects on how the COVID-19 lockdown broke the illusion of touring, stating that it's easy to get stuck in the distorted reality of that world. He also laments the loss of performing live and the energy exchange which he used to receive from audiences. The lockdown has in effect, sobered him up and invariably led to a new drive for making music. "So right now it's like, I'm making some of the most purest, realist music I've ever made in life", he says to Lowe on the show.

While he's known for upbeat dance music, Wizkid revealed that he has always connected more with older people and that he is more at peace as he grows older. The artist coolly expressed that he does not think too much about the music he is making for the future because it comes from a real place. Staying true to himself is part of his brand.

Listen to the full interview here once uploaded on Apple Music's The Zane Lowe Show.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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