Wizkid, the co-writer and co-producer of Drake’s hit single “One Dance,” has signed a multi Album worldwide deal with RCA Records and Sony Music International.
The Nigerian singer-songwriter is hoping to top the success of his 2014 track “Ojuelegba,” which racked up 4.6 million streams on Spotify worldwide! WizKid (born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun) gained popularity with the 2010 track "Holla At Your Boy". He's also released two albums: 2011's "Superstar" and 2014's "Ayo".
WizKid has already won a BET Award for Best International Act Africa in 2012 and a British MOBO Award for Best African Act in 2011. Most recently, he was named African Artist of the Year at both the 2016 African Pride Awards and the 2016 Ghana Music Awards. He's currently readying his RCA Records debut.
“We are thrilled to welcome WizKid to the RCA Records family,” RCA Records Chairman and CEO Pete Edge said. “He has become a superstar in the African music scene and will be a game-changer in bringing African music to the world. We are extremely excited to have him as a part of RCA and are eager for the journey ahead.”
RCA and Sony are hoping to put more focus on Africa’s music scene through the work of WizKid. Adam Granite, the President of Sony Music International’s Northern and Eastern Europe and Africa division, emphasized the importance of WizKid’s signing in helping them achieve that goal: “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome WizKid to the Sony Music family,” Granite said. “This is an incredibly important signing as we look to make Africa a major source of repertoire for the world. Wiz is a key ambassador for this movement and we look forward to helping him conquer the globe.”
To celebrate WizKid’s record deal, the Drake collaborator released a music video for his song “Sweet Love.” The video sees him traveling around Africa to perform for adoring crowds.