Nigerian born American pop singer, Jidenna, in an exclusive interview has addressed a number of issues relating to him, Afrobeats, and the Nigerian music industry.
In the interview conducted during his current visit to Lagos, Jidenna spoke about his love for Nigeria, working with Wizkid and how much love he gets in return from his birth country.
Speaking on the same day of his arrival in Lagos at a hotel, the Grammy nominated singer said that coming back home is a special feeling, but this one is different due to all the cameras and activities that surround his homecoming.
In an educative revelation, he talked about recording with Wizkid. The duo had connected in the US, and spent several hours working on new music for both their albums. Photos of that meeting had appeared on social media, with Jidenna admitting to have listened to songs off Wizkid’s next album.
“It was great, me and him vibed for hours. It was very easy actually. We both have the same process when we are in the studio; the way we come up with melodies, the song concepts and what not. So we did some work on each other’s albums, I don’t know what will happen on it, cause you never know. It’s all a matter of time.
“But I love working with him. He like I, has a profound sense of duty to not just Nigeria, but the African continent. He was very focused, and his new album sounds like East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, North Africa, and even Central Africa. He has different sounds, and I love that about him. For me it was just a great vibe. Very cool, sleek dude.”
The swank king, popularly known for his hit song,‘Classic Man’, is in Lagos, Nigeria for an exclusive album launch party which will take place on September 1, 2016 at the music hub of Nigeria.
Jidenna will be debuting his album “Long Live The Chief” at Hard Rock Café, Lagos, on Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Jidenna will tour the African continent for a series of exclusive performances, album release parties and the filming of a BBC documentary, which will chronicle his homecoming journey to Nigeria.