Why Wizkid, Burna Boy's Global Success is Good For Nigerian Musicians
10 September 2021
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By Khisa CJ
Over time Nigerian music has continued to gain more audience globally. It might be a fact that the world already knows a lot of things about the Nigerian music industry thanks to the popularity of Afrobeats. The success of Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido and the likes have been a major factor to the global popularization of Nigerian music.
2021 started with Burna Boy bagging the Grammy Awards’ World Best Album with his Twice as Tall and most recently, Wizkid has recorded a number of successes with not only his Made In Lagos album but also the now global hit ‘Essence’ featuring Tems which now has a remix with Canadian singer, Justin Bieber.
Burna Boy winning a Grammy Awards and Wizkid topping several Billboard charts are some of the successes that might be a milestone to individual artists but will to some extent benefit local musicians.
Many Nigeria musicians can now dare to dream that a Grammy award is something they can also win after all if Burna Boy won it, why not FIreboy DML, Rema, Joeboy, Ayrra Starr or Omah Lay. This is a valid motivation and inspiration to young artistes to strive to reach or even surpass Wizkid, Burna Boy or even Davido's achievements.
Such wins and successes also expose Nigerian musicians to the global market. The likes of Tems are already enjoying the fruits of such exposure after being featured on Drake’s latest album ‘Certified Lover Boy’.
With Nigerian music being accepted globally, it will now be easier and normal to see Naija musicians feature on some of the top international music projects something that is already happening only that it will now be at a more frequent rate.
Basically, a win/success of a Nigerian musician on a global stage is something that all artistes should celebrate as, in the end, it will somehow be of benefit to them as well.