City Flame | 2 May 2023 07:09 CET

Swizz Beats: I introduced Wizkid And Burnaboy To American Audience

By Agboola Ibrahim

Swizz Beats, an American music producer has recounted how his wife, Alicia keys and him helped promote Nigerian Grammy award winners, Wizkid and Burna Boy in America.

Popular American music producer, Swizz, in a recent interview with Amazon Music’s Roundtable audiovisual podcast disclosed that he was the first person to introduce popular Nigerian Afrobeat stars, Wizkid and Burna Boy to American Audience.

Additionally, he mentioned that he provided Burna Boy with an opportunity to perform in front of an audience in the United States before he gained widespread recognition.

He also recounted how he and his wife were the first to play Wizkid's song while on a trip.

In his words;
“I introduced Wizkid to America. I was the first person to play his song. Me and my wife [Alicia Keys] were on a trip and we danced to his songs

“I was [also] the first person to bring Burna Boy to the States. I introduced him on the stage. When I was playing Fela Kuti, people thought I was being too African.

And that was how ignorant the energy was at that time. But I didn’t let that stop me from moving what I’m moving because it’s what it’s. It’s about education.

We [Americans] can’t be scared of the educational journey of something that sounds different or feels different,”

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