Nigerian-American singer, Jidenna is presently in Nigeria for his show and took some time to speak with Pulse in an interesting interview where he spoke on an array of things from his music to Wizkid and the African music in general.
On Wizkid, Jidenna said:
We both have the same process when we are in the studio; the way we come up with melodies, the song concepts and what not. So we did some work on each others albums, I dont know what will happen on it, cause you never know. Its all a matter of time.
But I love working with him. He like I, has a profound sense of duty to not just Nigeria, but the African continent. He was very focused, and his new album sounds like East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, North Africa, and even Central Africa. He has different sounds, and I love that about him.
Speaking on the worldwide growth of the afrobeat genre, he said:
Its the beginning of a larger movement for Nigeria, for Africa to move into the worlds spotlight, be respected, be more understood, be appreciated for what we bring. Its starting with music and dance, but its gonna expand to everything. To me, thats what this signifies; its the beginning of a turning point.
On infusing afrobeat in his latest single A Little Bit More:
It natural evolution, you know. The whole album is a variety of sounds, because I have lived in a lot of different places; in the US, in Enugu, and of course in Lagos. So I wanna make sure that each record feels like a new world. Chief dont run is a prequel to Classic man, and a prequel to Long live the chief. What happened? Who was Classic Man before he was a man, who was he when he was a boy? When his mom came to the US with him. So thats what the video shows a little bit.
The sound of A little beat more the Afrobeat flavor fused with some of the sounds that Ive already been doing it was natural, thats what came to me that day. When I was making the records, with people from Wondaland Records like Roman GianAurthur and Nana, who I make all the music with. For the pidgin: I am a trickster, so I like when you are on the radio in the US, and you dont expect to hear pidgin anywhere in the US.