Grammy Award nominee, Jidenna on CNN to express his views on the global impact of the Nigerian and African music scene, revealing a collaboration with Wizkid and hopes to collaborate with other Nigerian artistes like Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Flavour in the future.
In his words;
“I think it’s Nigeria’s moment, it’s Africa’s moment,” he told 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.”
“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. 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”
He also mentioned that the proverbs he grew up with helps shape the lyrics in his songs.
“I have all these proverbs stored in my head,” he said. “My friends always laugh because they’re like you’re always trying to preach and teach something to us.”
“I grew up with all these proverbs and I have to share it, I think it’s the values and principles that makes my Nigerian identity a part of me stand out.”
Written by Clement Oluwasegun