Davido vs Wizkid and why this is a good thing for Nigerian music.
Davido vs Wizkid; the music scene in Nigeria is experiencing remarkable changes as artistes of our time have continued the stride of taking the African sound past its shores. It’s a thing of joy to experience the tremendous feats performed by both of Africa’s premier artistes Davido and Wizkid, plus all the great achievements the superstars have attained especially with their success this past year. From record signings, endorsements to unexpected collaborations, their Afrobeats/pop style is finally being acknowledged in more parts of the world, as it should be.
Davido bagged a couple of huge achievements this past year but none with the rabid fanfare that usually follows when it’s a Wizkid announcing something big be it superstar collaborations or record breaking concerts. Why that is? We’ll need a whole other thinkpiece to unravel that. With that said you would be living under a rock if you didn’t know about the longstanding rivalry between the two stars, a rivalry that has spanned their entire careers intensified by their legion of devoted fans. Wizkid debuted with ‘Holla at your boy‘ and Davido with ‘Back when’, fans saw it fit to pit the best new Afrobeats/pop acts against each other, an act that would later materialize into an actual rivalry; Davido vs Wizkid.
“With an influx of new alternative talents, it seems the new status quo is quality over quantity; this offset is attributed to the Davido vs Wizkid phenomenon.
When two elephants fight, the ground suffers; in this case benefits because while the two biggest artistes on the continent slug it out for supremacy, something extraordinary has been happening on the scene. The rest of the industry is undergoing a transformation, adapting to the climate and requirements of the current landscape. Quality of music put out by the entire industry really captures the zeitgeist of this era, a shift in consciousness and taste by the youth. Only the blind and deaf wont notice this shift in quality of music and even videos in rotation on music dedicated networks.
With an influx of new alternative talents, it seems the new status quo is quality over quantity; this offset is attributed to the Davido vs Wizkid phenomenon. Artist and listeners benefitted as the rest of the industry followed suit causing an increase in good music that will sustain the African sound on the map. Everything and everyone will change and adapt with two of Africa’s biggest acts competing at the highest level ever attainted by any act on the continent. Competition will always be good for sport, so while Wizkid and Davido continue their healthy rivalry, the fans get treated to quality music as their achievements continue to push the envelope for future acts to come.
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