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Buga is Africa’s biggest song: 9 takeaways from Kizz Daniel’s Breakfast Club Interview

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Afrobeats superstar Kizz Daniel recently appeared on Power 1051 FM’s The Breakfast Club where he was interviewed by Charlamet tha god and Angela Yee.

Here are Nine takeaways from the interview.

The shocking effect of ‘Buga’s’ success: Kizz Daniel revealed that he recorded Buga before playing it for Tekno who then recorded his verse.

According to Kizz, he never thought the song was going to become an intercontinental hit when he was recording it.

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Dreams of an O2 Show: Kizz Daniel nurses a dream of one day selling out the O2 and he made ‘Buga’ as a new single he would like to perform as he goes on his ‘Afroclassic Tour’.

With the global success of ‘Buga’, Kizz Daniel’s ambitions of selling out the 02 appear to be very much within reach.

The role of social media in making Buga a Hit: In the interview, Kizz Daniel revealed that his social media played a significant role in making ‘Buga’ a hit.

The dance step that accompanies the song increased its appeal and made the song a digital success which as culminated in making it the biggest African song of 2022.

Tiwa Savage is the Queen of Afrobeats: When asking Kizz Daniel about his relationship with Tiwa Savage, Charlamet referred to Tiwa as the Queen of Afrobeats.

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This description captures Tiwa’s sensational success which has spanned a decade, multiple hits, numerous awards, and millions of fans.

“Afroclassic is not a genre. It’s just my type of Afrobeats. Every song I make is a classic so I like to call my sound Afroclassic.”

Lone Ranger Creative Process meets Honest Managerial Feedback: During the interview, Kizz Daniel revealed that his creative process involves being alone in the studio recording and engineering his songs.

He further shared that his management team often offers feedback that is sometimes scathing, but he has learned to appreciate this feedback.

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The Pan-African efforts for Afrobeats’ International Success: Kizz shared that in his show in North Carolina, the majority of the audience were Liberians.

‘Buga’ has enjoyed impressive success in Liberia where the President also caught the fever. The impressive turnouts in Kizz Daniel’s US tours shows that Afrobeats international success is a collaborative effort from all Africans in the diaspora as opposed to Nigerians alone.

Business aside music: Kizz shared that aside from his music, he has dabbled in Real Estate. While answering questions regarding life outside music, Kizz shared that real estate is his business interest through which he hopes to grow his wealth.

Considering acting: Kizz is known for his sense of humor as he has previously made skits during the interview, Kizz Dani revealed that he might soon venture into acting.

According to Kizz, the decision was inspired by his talent and his desire to take on a job that keeps him closer to his family.

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Fan turn staff: Kizz Daniel revealed that he met one of his staff Efya at his show in North Carolina where he brought her on stage and the video later went viral.

Kizz later met with her and found her as an ambitious creative whose talents are a good contribution to his team.

Dealing with female fans while being engaged: Kizz is the father of two boys and he shared that becoming a father has changed him. He has a fiancée and he now consciously set a boundary with female fans even while remaining an entertainer.

 

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How my mother inspired my music career – Rema

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Afrobeats superstar, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has said poverty and the plight of his mum motivated him to become a professional musician.

The Mavin signee who recently dropped his new project ‘HEIS’ disclosed this in an interview with Capital Xtral London.

 

Also read: Rema unveils sophomore album ‘Heis’

 

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Rema recalled that his mum couldn’t afford transport fares as she went about her daily business, so he was determined to succeed.

“I was tired of my mum trekking every day; she didn’t even have money for transport to use a bus or bike. So I had to take it to the next level ASAP,” he said.

“The moment I made money, I got her a car ASAP. We went for dinner, then I gave her that car. A lot of boys would go for their own cars first but I was stilltrekking, but I had to get a car for my mum first.

“She’s a great mum. She’s the reason I’m successful. Her prayers. She’s really proud of me.”Rema on what inspired him to do musicPublished on July 18, 2024 By Sunny Green Itodo

Afrobeats star, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has said poverty and the plight of his mum motivated him to become a professional musician.

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Speaking in an interview with Capital Xtral London, Rema recalled that his mum couldn’t afford transport fares as she went about her daily business, so he was determined to succeed.

“I was tired of my mum trekking every day; she didn’t even have money for transport to use a bus or bike. So I had to take it to the next level ASAP,” he said.

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“The moment I made money, I got her a car ASAP. We went for dinner, then I gave her that car. A lot of boys would go for their own cars first but I was stilltrekking, but I had to get a car for my mum first.

“She’s a great mum. She’s the reason I’m successful. Her prayers. She’s really proud of me.”

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Rema says he wants to take Afrobeats back to its roots with his new album ‘HEIS’

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Since breaking into the mainstream in 2019, Rema has announced himself as one of Nigeria’s boldest and most talented artists.

This creative boldness shines in his recently released sophomore album ‘HEIS’ on which he deployed uptempo party starting production, breathless delivery, and quintessential Afrobeats lyricism while embracing Rockstar aesthetics.

 

Also read: “Calm Down” by Rema makes Afrobeats history in US

 

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While speaking at his album launch party in London, Rema highlighted that Afrobeats is now getting dumbed down due to the desire to chase globally appealing hits. Rema further pointed out that this dumbing down will make it easier for others to bite from the sound, recreate it, and even go on to win Afrobeats awards.

“We all know what Afrobeats was like in 2015, and we all have to take our shit back and own it and protect it,” Rema said at the London event.

“Sometimes, we make it and water it down for them to be able to create it,” Rema explains how the global influence on Afrobeats makes it easier for the sound to be recreated by foreign artists.

“You don’t see artists out here in the diaspora making a song like ‘Ozeba,’” Rema said on the single from his latest album which he boasts is an attempt to take Afrobeats back to its sonic roots.

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From lounge to Kirikiri prison, Nigerian DJ alleges police brutality

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From lounge to Kirikiri prison, Nigerian DJ alleges police brutality

A Nigerian Disc Jockey, The Turnup Maestro, identified on X as #_djtrendy, has narrated his ordeal on how he was taken to the Kirikiri Custodian Centre in Lagos State.

Recounting his experience via his X handle on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, the DJ stated that his ordeal started on Sunday, July 7, 2024, when some operatives of the Lagos State Police Command attached to the Olosan Police Station arrived at the lounge where he works.

 

Also read: BREAKING: Court Sentences Lagos Doctor Femi Olaleye To Life Imprisonment For Raping Wife’s Niece

 

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He noted that upon their arrival, the security men chased the customers away from the lounge and seized his laptop.

He added that two days later, the lounge’s manager and the wife of the lounge’s owner (names unknown) went to the police station to claim the laptop and the manager called him that his presence was needed at the station before the laptop could be released.

He wrote, “On Sunday, July 7, 2024, the Olosan Police Station came to the lounge I DJ, pursued all customers and my laptop was taken in the process. I was just coming out of the restroom when this happened.

“So fast forward to Tuesday, July 9, the lounge manager and the lounge owner’s wife went to the police station to claim the laptop that was taken. The manager put a call through to me, telling me the police said they want to see me before they release the laptop to them, so I went to meet them.”

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When he (the DJ) arrived at the station, he said the Divisional Police Officer asked that he write a statement before which he was labelled a cultist and put behind the counter, alongside the lounge’s manager.

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“Immediately I got to the station, the DPO called one of his officers to take me in and take my statement. That’s how I got to the IPO’s office, then he started telling me that I’m a cultist, that I was playing for cultists, and that when they came to the said lounge, they saw people smoking and all.

“He then proceeded to give me a sheet of paper to write everything I knew.

“Well, I wrote how everything happened. A few minutes later, my lounge manager came in too, that’s how they said I’m done with mine and they told the manager to write his own too. I was behind the counter at this point helpless,” the tweets added.

The disc jockey stated that he and the manager “were detained” and put in a cell at the station on Tuesday as they remained incommunicado.

The following day, Wednesday, July 10, they were released and ordered to remain behind the counter.

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However, in a turn of events, they were later put in handcuffs and taken to a Magistrate Court in the Ogba area of the state.

The tweets read further, “They put us in a cell that Tuesday. We couldn’t reach out to anyone, we were not even allowed to make contact with the lounge owner’s wife. Fast forward to the second day, July 10, we were released and the IPO told us to sit at the back of the counter.

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“A few minutes later, he called us into his office and handcuffed us, then told us to go into the minivan parked in the police compound. They started driving and we were continuously asking where he was taking us. He didn’t answer. That’s how we got to the Magistrate Court at Ogba.

“Handcuffed, we were able to whisper our lounge owner’s number to one of the lawyers that was around us. We were helpless. We only went to the police station to collect the laptop but instead, they peddled us like criminals. So the lawyer was able to call our lounge owner and he came in with the lawyer just a few minutes before our case was called.”

The DJ claimed that the policemen had “written false allegations” against them but the presiding judge (name unknown) granted them bail.

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Afterwards, they were taken to the Kirikiri Correctional Facility before their release two days later.

He wrote, “They had already written false allegations against us. All of the allegations they wrote were completely false. So the judge made her judgment. We were placed on bail but our lounge owner couldn’t perfect the bail that day.

“That’s how were were taken to the Kirikiri Prison on that day, July 10, 2024. We spent two days at Kirikiri correctional facility and we were released on Friday, July 12 after he perfected the bail. My laptop is still at the Olosan Police Station.

“I have always lived my life fight-free, crime-free. I have never broken a law before. The police that was supposed to protect me lied against me. I am very traumatised.”

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