In an interview with Sway at Sway In The Morning, Akon declared Wizkid as the poster boy among Afrobeats artists in the world. The question most people are always asking is who the best Afrobeats are. Akon, a Senegalese-American singer, producer, and businessman have done a few collaborations with Nigeria’s best afrobeats artists. In his words, Wizkid is simply a superstar. He gained popularity through his enjoyable R&B music in the 2010s. In that period, Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam collaborated with some of the most popular hip-hop artists in the US. Akon also played a pivotal role in the careers of artists like; T-Pain, Lady Gaga, etc. He has also worked with Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg, and the legendary Michael Jackson.
Akon considers Wizkid the poster boy of Afrobeats music and according to the Konvict Music founder, they discovered Wizkid and his talent as far back as the year 2010. He went further to say he met Wizkid in Nigeria in 2010, adding that Wizkid’s then-label boss, Banky W alongside Wizkid’s manager brought Wizkid to him. Akon added that he knew Wizkid was going to be very big, but his only concern then was Nigeria may not be big enough for him.
Akon went on to share some important stories about another afrobeats artist, Davido. He shared about how he met young Davido in Atlanta wanting to be a rapper. But he was quick to advise him against that, citing the afrobeats movement as the main reason.
Akon names Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy as the top 3 afrobeats artists
Having named Wizkid as the poster-boy of the afrobeats movement, Akon also went on to talk about Burna Boy. He praised Burna Boy for his originality and Nigerianess in his music. In his words, he says Burna Boy is a beast.
In the interview, Akon praised David’s work ethic, saying he is the hardest worker among the three top afrobeats artists. He says Davido was the underdog back then when every young afrobeats artist wanted to be like Wizkid.
But for Wizkid, Akon believes he is just a born superstar. One of those artists to put out one record all year and they’re fine.
Akon went on to shout out Mr. Eazi whom he considers a businessman just using money as a vehicle to get to the money.