Wizkid Bio, Age, Height, Net Worth, Essence, Songs, Come Closer, Concert, Tour

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Wizkid Biography

Wizkid is a Nigerian singer and songwriter regarded as one of the biggest and most influential African artists of all time. He is a prominent figure in the contemporary Afrobeats music scene. At the age of 11, he began recording music and released an album with the Glorious Five (5), a group he and a few church friends formed.

Wizkid signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.) run by Banky W in 2009. After “Holla at Your Boy,” the lead single from his debut studio album Superstar (2011), which also produced the singles “Tease Me/Bad Guys” and “Don’t Dull,” he came to prominence later.

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Wizkid Age

He is 33 years old as of 2023. He was born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun on 16 July 1990 in Surulere, Ikeja, Nigeria. He celebrates his irtday on 16 July.

Wizkid Family

He grew up with twelve female siblings in an interfaith household. His father is an Islamist, and his mother is a Pentecostal Christian. Ijebu Ode Grammar School was Wizkid’s school. He listened to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and King Sunny Ade as a child. Tim Westwood stated in a 2012 radio interview, “his father has three wives.”

Wizkid Chidren

With three different women, Wizkid has four children. In 2011, 2016, 2017, and 2022, the children were born.

Wizkid Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $30 million.

Wizkid Height

He stands at an average height of 1.62 m.

Wizkid Essence

He collaborated with Tems, a fellow Nigerian singer, on the song “Essence.” It was released as the fourth single from Wizkid’s fourth studio album, Made in Lagos, on October 30, 2020. P2J and Legendury Beatz co-produced “Essence.” The two singers express their love for one another in the song titled “sensual.” On April 9, 2021, a music video that was shot in Accra, Ghana, was made public. The first Nigerian song to ever appear on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200 is “Essence.” At the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, the song was up for Best Global Music Performance.

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Even though Tems was “happy” with her first recording of the song, she felt her verse could have been better after the song gained popularity. However, her vocals impressed Wizkid and his team so much that they decided to keep it. Tems recalled hearing the song in Los Angeles “in the most random places.”

Afrobeats, Afro-pop, and R&B combine in the song “Essence.” In a lyrical way, it shows Wizkid and Tems yearning for physical contact; The song has been called “flirtatious” and features “tongue-in-cheek showboating” by the artists. Sidney Madden of NPR noted that Tems sang in the chorus of the song, “You don’t need no other body,” about how only her lover can give her the feeling of “lust and obsession and worship that she deserves.” There is no need for another body.

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Wizkid Photo

Wizkid Concert | Tour

He performed at the 2013 Felabration, an annual concert honoring Fela Kuti, on October 17, 2013. On October 26, 2013, the album’s second single, “On Top Your Matter,” was released. It was produced by Del B. Sesan directed and shot the song’s music video in South Africa.

At the Guinness Colorful World of More concert on November 2, 2013, Wizkid performed alongside D’banj, Tiwa Savage, P-Square, Davido, Ice Prince, Burna Boy, Olamide, and Phyno. The Eko Hotels and Suites hosted the concert at the Eko Convention Centre. He performed at the Guinness Big Eruption Concert in Accra, Ghana, on November 23, 2013. “African Bad Gyal” was performed by Chris Brown and Wizkid at Brown’s concert in Durban, South Africa, in April 2015.

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Wizkid  Come Closer

His song “Come Closer” features Canadian rapper Drake’s vocals. From Wizkid’s third studio album, Sounds from the Other Side, the song was released as the third single. When Come Closer sold 500,000 copies in September 2020, Wizkid became the first African artist to be certified Gold (both as a featured and lead artist) in the United States.

Wizkid revealed that the song was recorded at the same time as “One Dance,” a collaboration with Drake, which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, UK Singles Chart, and Canadian Hot 100. The track, which was the album’s most successful commercially, was released as the third single from Wizkid’s third studio album, Sounds from the Other Side. The song was Wizkid and Drake’s third official collaboration.

Wizkid Superstar

In 2009, Wizkid began working on his debut studio album, Superstar. On January 2, 2010, “Holla at Your Boy” became the album’s lead single. He won the Next Rated award at The Headies 2011 for the song, which was nominated for Best Pop Single. He not only won the award, but the organizers also gave him a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. At the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards, its music video was up for the award of Most Gifted Newcomer Video.

As the album’s second single, Wizkid released “Tease Me/Bad Guys” on April 2, 2010. The first version was a freestyle rap. On December 6, 2010, the album’s third single, “Don’t Dull,” was released. Both English and Yoruba were recorded for Superstar. Empire Mates Entertainment released it on June 12, 2011. Dancehall, reggae, Afrobeats, and R&B are all found on the album. Wizkid worked with record producers like E-Kelly, Jay Sleek, Shizzi, DJ Klem, Masterkraft, Q-Beats, and Samklef on Superstar. Banky W., Skales, D’Prince, Wande Coal, and Skales make guest appearances on the album.

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It was originally scheduled to be released on February 14, 2011, but it was later postponed. The album’s launch party was held on June 12 in the Expo Hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites by Wizkid. Banky W, Skales, 2face Idibia, Samklef, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Olamide, eLDee, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, Lynxxx, and Seyi Shay performed at the launch party. At the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Superstar won Best Album of the Year, and it was also up for Album of the Year at The Headies 2012.

Wizkid Songs

Holla at Your Boy
Tease Me/Bad Guys
Don’t Dull
Love My Baby
Pakurumo
Oluwa Lo Ni
Jaiye Jaiye
On Top Your Matter
One Question
Joy
Bombay
Show You the Money
Daddy Yo
Sweet Love
Come Closer
African Bad Gyal
Naughty Ride
Energy (Stay Far Away)
Fever
Soco
G Love
Joro
Escape
Smile