Davido Talks New Album, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Fireboy, Zlatan, Peruzzi In New Chat With GQ
Following the release of Davido’s second studio album, ‘A Good Time’, he sat down to have a chat with international magazine based in New York, GQ.
The DMW superstar discussed about his latest studio effort, afrobeats, and other Nigerian talents.
Read excerpts below;
He is, by numbers, his continent’s biggest star, with a profile that’s only set to grow now that he’s released his long-awaited second album, A Good Time, seven years after his debut. I met with Davido (real name David Adedeji Adeleke) at his London house, two days before the album dropped – a day before his 27th birthday – where he explained that the album’s main message, he hopes, is that, “It’s a good time to be African.”
“I was in a really good space when I was recording it,” he continues. “So it’s an album to make you feel better. Most of the tracks are for when you’re in a happy mood, for when you want to have a good time, when you’re having a gathering – occasions like that”. The king of Afrobeats has certainly delivered: A Good Time is a fun, buoyant, genre-shifting album that proves Adeleke is more than worthy of the crown. He and his producers have played a seminal role in defining the global perception of Afrobeats – the umbrella term coined to describe West African pop music – and the album shows he has big plans for its future. The collaborations nod to Adeleke’s global footprint, with Summer Walker and Gunna sat alongside a feature from Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan, as well as contributions from Nigerian artists including Peruzzi, Zlatan and Naira Marley.
Showcasing his country’s creative talent is a big priority for Adeleke. “Our music has always been dope, but right now, the attention is on Africa. There were artists doing it before we came in, but it was just a case of people hearing it,” he says, referencing the success of artists such as Burna Boy (who has been nominated for a Grammy this year) and Wizkid, as well as his own. Does he think his success has made it easier for other African artists? “I don’t want to say I paved the way, because every artist that is doing it is contributing to Afrobeats and everyone is gaining from it,” he says. “Also, there are so many other crazy Nigerian artists you guys haven’t heard about – Fireboy, Zlatan, Peruzzi. There are like a thousand of us back home, it’s just having the opportunity to be heard.”
Now that the album, as well as an accompanying documentary, Welcome To The 30 Billion Experience, Vol 2, are finally out, what’s next? “I don’t like to be idle. I’m not the type of guy who likes to sit there and do nothing. Any time I have an opportunity to do something, I get up and go,” he says, clapping enthusiastically on the “go”. The overall goal, apparently, is “just to change lives with my music” and clearly Adeleke is thinking laterally, with plans that prove his commitment to supporting, nurturing and platforming African art on the world stage. Beyond music, he wants to “do a lot of charity work, bring up other artists and open a big media house in Nigeria, where we’ll school people how to engineer, how to make music, how to direct videos”, he says. “Because there’s so, so much talent in that country. The only problem is that they don’t have the facilities to perfect their craft and become better.”