For his long-anticipated, highly reverential fourth studio album, ‘Made In Lagos’, it clearly took a village to appropriately bring Wizkid’s scintillating vision to life. On his way to becoming and remaining one of the greatest superstars African music has produced, Wizkid has always aligned himself with the right set of producers and managers, who help in amplifying his innate artistic powers, constantly evolve his sound, and ensure his undeniable star power shines bright every single time.
In veneration of this collaborative spirit, the NATIVE has dedicated an entire section of the newly unveiled WizMag—a limited edition zine made in collaboration with Wiz—to discussing with several key collaborators who have worked with the singer over the years, and relatively newer ones who contributed to ‘Made In Lagos’. Titled “ROOTS”, the section comprises brief and insightful interviews with everyone who worked behind the scenes, contextualising the making of the iconic project, and the personal significance of the ‘MIL’ to them.
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Acclaimed music video director, Meji Alabi of JM films details his first encounter with Wizkid (dating back to the ‘Superstar’ era), and his role as the principal visual architect behind the beloved and yet-to-be released videos off the new album. Wizkid’s managers, veteran Sunday Are and Jada Pollock, give a peek into what’s like to work with such a titan, while also sharing some of their personal philosophies. We also spoke with long-time Wizkid producers, Sarz and duom Legendury Beatz, who have evolved with the singer over the years, tracing back to the very beginning of the last decade.
More specifically, for ‘Made In Lagos’, we interviewed Blaqjerzee, Juls, Kel P, London, and P2J—who also served as the album’s executive producer—on their contributions to the new album, which has been acclaimed since its drop in late October.
You can catch all of these interviews, and more of the exclusive content off WizMag, right here.