Nigerian Afropop star, Wizkid has become the first African artiste to hit eight million listeners on Spotify’s monthly streams.
Spotify is an online, music streaming platform that pays royalties based on the number of artistes’ streams as a proportion of total songs streamed.
The streaming records revealed Wizkid’s popularity on the platform on Monday.
The previous record was held by Congolese rapper and singer, Maitre Gims. He had seven million monthly listeners.
This win follows Wizkid’s recent collaboration with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage on ‘Dis Love’.
The singer also featured on ‘Like,’ a new single by British-Ghanaian rapper and singer, Kojo Funds.
The music star is also the first African artist to walk the runway at a Dolce and Gabbana fashion show while his music `Soco’ played at the background.
Wizkid started recording music at age 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed.
In 2018, he became the first African artiste to sell out Skyway Theatre. The only other artiste who has achieved same feat in Minnesota, is Beyonce .
The ‘Sweet Love’ singer recently made Billboard entry for his collaboration with Beyonce on her ‘Lion King’-inspired album.
Falz releases video for ‘Loving’
In the ‘loving’ video, Falz introduces a girl who has captured his heart, so much so that he is already making plans to ask her father for her hand in marriage. Promising to remain by her side, Falz professes to the lucky girl, declaring, “if you need some loving, I’ll be at your door”.
Watch the video above.
Nigeria’s Seyi Shay features American singer Teyana Taylor in ‘Gimme Love’
The Afrobeat inspired, rhythmic take on R&B, Seyi Shay’s exotic pop vocals lure you in, while Teyana’s gentle, sensual rasp helps create an emotive anthem for love.
‘Gimme Love’ is the first single from Seyi Shay’s highly anticipated EP, produced by award winning producer Sarz.
The video which was shot in Harlem, New York, directed by Walu and produced by JM Films was culturally rich with perfect blend of fashion and romance.
LANFA honors Nigerian artiste ‘MC Chido’ in Los Angeles
International artiste rising into stardom was honored at the recent Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association Awards (LANFA).
Idam ‘MC Chido‘ Okoro was recognized as a rising star, first. Then he also performed at the event.
He told Being Nigerian he was very grateful for the double opportunity.
“That was my first award ever,” he said, adding he appreciated LANFA for recognizing his hard work.
He thanked his fans too in Maryland where he is putting in everything it takes to make his mark as an international artiste.
Breaking into the international scene, with all its competition, is not easy, he admitted.
“It’s been tough operating in the U.S. and trying to showcase your talent back home,” said MC Chido.
That’s how MC Chido, from Ebonyi, eastern Nigeria, has chosen to operate—across the Atlantic.
According to him, he has some of the top producers in Nigeria working with him.
He believes that is why his works are of international standards.
“I have my most of my songs produced from home by these producers, which makes it easier having home flavor in my music.”
‘After Party’, one of the songs in his coming album was produced with such kind of cross-fertilization of ideas.
The work, entitled Prelude, is a 15-track album. He said he is working on the tenth now, a hit like the remaining ones.
He is also doing a collabo with a couple of superstars in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Tanzania.
Again, he said doing music in the U.S. is a long journey which requires you be passionate about what you do—to survive the hurdles.
“You have to be ready financially, and mentally—for the criticism and all that.”
He advised other artistes to strive and find a way around those challenges if that is what they have decided to do for the rest of their lives.