The venue is alight with cameraphones, while to Wizkid’s left, admirers try to clamber up to touch him. Behind the stage, a normally cordoned-off balcony has been opened to accommodate an overspill of fans. Meanwhile, UK-born Nigerians Skepta and Tinie Tempah are here, unofficially representing the western stars – Drake, French Montana, Ty Dolla $ign, et al – with whom Wizkid has collaborated.
Right now, Ayodeji Balogun, as he’s otherwise known, is squarely at the nexus of Afropop, reggae, bashment, dancehall and Latin music. Packaged together with his sweet, reedy voice and steely self-belief, the whole thing feels like a guidepost to where pop is heading.
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