Nigerian pop star, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid was featured in the October issue of GQ Magazine. In the feature, GQ gave a brief background of his early life and the band that he formed during his teen years.
“He was raised in Surulere, a sprawling central district of the Lagos mainland. Born to a Muslim father and a Christain mother, Wizkid is the youngest of 11 children and his mother’s only boy. His older sisters were both his first audience and his first team, covering for him when he went to the studio instead of school.
By age 11, he had formed a band- Glorious Five – with friends from his Pentecostal church, who, like him, were more into rap and R&B than spiritual hymns. Glorious Five pressed up a seven-track EP and sold enough copies to put some money in young Wiz’s pocket”.
During the conversation, Wizkid gave a hint about his upcomingalbum. “I am working on a new album, but I never like to be like, in a rush. Sometimes it takes me a year, two years, to make an album. I always record in terms of albums, not just songs. I like to make music that way because it gives you a sense of direction.
Well, in the next album, I am just trying to enjoy myself with music now, because of the reception from the fans for my last album. I just keep evolving with the sound”.
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Story By Samuel Addo-Kofi