American-Senegalese singer, Akon, has dubbed Wizkid the face of Afrobeats.
In a recent interview, the head of Konvict Muzik stated that EME founder Banky W recruited the Nigerian superstar to Konvict in 2010 because he believed “Wiz could be bigger and Nigeria was not big enough for him.”
“Wizkid is probably the poster child for Afrobeats Music. We knew he was going to be that way when we discovered him. We picked up Wizkid in 2010…. at the time he was a real kid. He was 14, like super young,” said Akon.
On the program, the music producer—who later signed some of America’s biggest performers, such as Lady Gaga and T-Pain—celebrated the 15th anniversary of the publication of his music album “Konvict” and went into further depth about his collaboration with Michael Jackson.
“I was trying to get him (T-Pain) to do Afrobeat back before we even started the movement in Nigeria,” said Akon. “This was something that Konvict was supposed to start in the United States, believe it or not. This was in 2008.”