Budding Nigerian musician, Chukwuka Ekweani, known professionally as CKay, has asserted that Afrobeats was influenced by music from other African countries.
He said Nigerian music is “very heavy on fusion” and that Nigerian artistes borrowed genres from around the world.
CKay made the statement in an interview with Tarmac, where he mentioned that South African, Ghanaian and Congolese music all influeced the Nigerian sound.
The ‘Love Nwantiti’ crooner said: “The thing about Nigerian music is, it is very heavy on fusion. We always mixed a whole bunch of things. We try stuffs. The sound is never stagnant.
“We always try to take it forward. We try new stuff. We borrow elements from different places. There was a time when afrobeats was heavily influenced by Ghanaian music. And there was a time it was heavily influenced by South African music. And there was also another time it was heavily influenced by Makosa from Congo.”
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Afropop singer, Joseph Akinfenwa Donus, also known by his stage name, Joeboy, has revealed that he made a huge sum of money from being on his colleague, Ckay’s song.
The 26-year-old was featured on the remix of the global hit single, ‘Love Nwantiti’, which was remade over a dozen times.
CorrectNG recalls that CKay put Joeboy and Ghanaian singer, Kwame Eugene on the remix of ‘Love Nwantiti’ in 2019.
According to Joeboy, the song changed his life and that of other artistes that did a remixed version. He made this known on the latest episode of his podcast, Body & Soul, adding that he only accepted to be on the song because he likes CKay.
The ‘Baby’ crooner revealed that CKay asked him to jump on the song after someone else turned him down.
He said; “The money ‘Love Nwantiti’ gave me bruh, bruh that song changed the lives of everybody on it. That is one thing I always thank God for. Thank God, I actually jumped on that song. Anytime I play the song, I just dey happy say thank you my Gee (Ckay).
“CKay reached out to me that he was trying to get somebody on the song, but the person was not responding on time. That was like the end of 2019.
To be honest, the only reason I jumped on that song was because I just like CKay. It wasn’t about the song. That time, I just blew up and everybody was trying to drag me for features.”