Nigerian superstar singer, WizKid, Ayodeji Balogun, released his latest album Made In Lagos on Thursday 29th October.
The 14-track album features Burna Boy, Damien Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai, Terri, and Adele’s new beau Skepta.
Listeners have waited three years for another WizKid album. Fans have been treated to vibes in the singles and features in between, but a full project from the StarBoy himself has been much awaited.
With the Made In Lagos project, the album projects an intercontinental appeal, uniting Kingston (Blessed, featuring Damian Marley), California (Smile with HER), London (Skepta, Ella Mai) and home – Essence, featuring Nigerian R&B singer Tems, and fellow ‘African Giant’ Burna Boy duets on Ginger.
Watch Essence ft Tems here;
While Sounds From The Other Side showcased WizKid in the context of the global stage with varying genres, his newest album sees a return to home with sounds more consistent with the traditional Afrobeats.
Made in Lagos was earlier scheduled for release on October 15, but recent events in Nigeria delayed the project. This Wizkid attributes to activists protesting police brutality in his native Nigeria. “It has been beautiful to see Nigerians around the world coming together to protest against police brutality,” WizKid said in a press release.
Adding, “Unity is key. The youth of Nigeria need our collective voices to continue to shine a spotlight to what is happening inside the country. I want to play my part in this and in the movement for a better Nigeria, a better place to live for ourselves, our families – our communities. We will get through this together. Together we move. #EndSARS.”
The Made In Lagos appears to be Wizkid’s most sophisticated album yet.
According to the Afrobeats crooner this album is the Best he has recorded in recent years after his debut – ‘Superstar’, better than the second and third; ‘AYO’ and ‘SFTOS’ (Sounds From The Other Side) respectively.