Afropop has experienced an explosion in popularity in the US, and Nigeria’s Wizkid is riding the crest of the wave. The last few weeks alone have seen an astonishing number of Afropop concerts in Atlanta alone, but everyone was waiting for the king of the genre to perform. When he hit the stage, the excitement was palpable, and it marked a new high for Afropop. As one of the hottest acts in music today, the Afropop star has risen alongside an explosion of new listeners for the genre worldwide. Millennial first-generation Americans of African heritage have seen a seismic shift in the popularity of African music and culture in the U.S., particularly from Wizkid’s native Nigeria. In the past three weeks alone, Atlanta has hosted performances by an eclectic range of the nation’s talent — Davido, Tems, Omah Lay, Adekunle Gold — and all of the city’s excitement around Naija pop was coalescing around Wizkid, a behemoth in the scene.
SOURCE: ROLLING STONE
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