“Soon we go know who international pass.”
If you’ve been in touch with the Nigerian music scene as much we think you should be, then the above quote no doubt already rings an all-too-familiar bell. If it doesn’t, we wouldn’t mind refreshing your memory – actually, we’re all too glad to.
Before DMW boss, Davido, declared his Starboy Entertainment counterpart, Wizkid, his best friend at the former’s insanely successful 30 Billion Concert in Lagos, virtually everybody was well aware of the cold war of sorts that existed between Nigeria’s two biggest musical exports to the world in the recent times.
A rather significant part of their feud was the occasional hurling of slurs back and forth on social media, most notably on Twitter where Wizkid infamously likened Davido’s voice to a frog’s in response to the shade the ‘If’ hit-maker threw Wizkid’s way on Olamide’s scorching joint, ‘Summer Body’.
Somehow, 25 year old Bauchi state born Nigerian singer-songwriter, producer, performer and dancer, Tekno Miles – whose early hits such as ‘Dance’, ‘Duro’, ‘Wash’ and ‘Diana’ have since established the artiste as no one-hit-wonder – seemed to want in on some of the online Davido-Wizkid action, but quickly got reminded of his place by a few of his followers who thought he should leave the big boys to their game – one of such opinions to which the ‘Yawa’ crooner responded with the quote that has just taken us down memory lane.
If the past few months have revealed anything to us, it’s that all the bad blood that ostensibly existed between Wizkid and Davido was skin-deep at best, as both superstars have long made peace publicly, and have even been vocal about their support for each other.
Considering the string of unprecedented successes both artistes recorded last year – clearly being the undisputed flag-bearers of contemporary Nigerian music on the global scene – we can’t think of anything more commendable.
Nevertheless, as much as we want to look forward to what greater international waves the current kings of the industry will make this year, we also feel the need to keep an eye out for Tekno as well, as it would seem the BET 2017 ‘Best International Act: Africa’ nominee, meant business when he sent out that tweet last year.
Not only has the uber-talented ace producer and serial hit-maker worked rather intimately with O.B.O. and Starboy (producing Davido’s phenomenal ‘If’ and featuring Wizkid on his banger, ‘Mama’), he has also received a considerable amount of international attention.
Fans of the self-proclaimed Slim Daddy would recall how he spent considerable time last year with Canadian-born internationally acclaimed rapper, Drake – the news of which sprung rumours of a collaboration, and maybe even a record label signing.
So what do you think? With his combined stellar vocal ability and sound engineering prowess (which we thoroughly relished particularly in 2017 on hits such as ‘Yawa’, ‘GO’ and ‘BE’) the steadily increasing international recognition he’s earning, and his association with the very best in the game on the international scene, do you think maybe 2018 will be the year Tekno finally matches up with Wizkid and Davido’s international exploits?
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