‘Why I collaborated with WizKid’- Femi Kuti

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Afrobeat king, Femi Kuti who recently signed a
management deal with Chocolate City has revealed
the reason behind his collaborations with younger
pop stars in the last few years.


Femi, in a recent interview with Channels
Television, said the sweet melody of Wizkid ’s ‘
Jaiye Jaiye’ made it easy for him to feature in the
song.
He explained that the simplicity of the melody also
gave him the needed push in deciding to be a part
of the song: ‘Before I started doing lots of
collaborations in Nigeria, I was doing a lot of
collaborations in France, so if somebody likes your
style of music or your style of play, or wants to use
you for something and they will call on you. Music
is so broad but immediately I heard Wizkid’s ‘jaiye
jaiye’, I liked it, so I spent a very little time on it, we
actually spent more time cracking jokes because I
think that was the first time we met, I had just
finished as a judge on Nigerian Idol and wanted to
catch some sleep before my flight out of the
country the next day, but my sister persuaded me
to create time for the song and I did. The melody
was quite simple, the lyrics too are very easy to
flow with and I knew it was a good track.’

The song, ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ was released on May 2,
2013 and aside Wizkid, Femi Kuti has also
collaborated with younger Nigerian musicians like
Eedris Abdul Kareem , Durella and others.
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