American-born, Nigerian-raised Afrobeats star Davido joins Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 for a candid conversation ahead of the festival about his upcoming album “Are We African Yet?” (A.W.A.Y.)” in Atlanta this weekend (November 18).
The two discuss where the idea for the festival came from and how he imagines the future. A.W.A.Y is described as a “music festival and cultural experience” a day that “inspires the African diaspora and non-Africans to celebrate each other’s roots and experience African culture like never before.”
During the interview, Davido talks about his latest album “Timeless”, his success in the US and abroad, his relationship with Akon and much more. Plus, Zane and Davido talk about how African music is becoming more popular around the world and the energy Davido feels in Lagos.
Important quotes below – Feel free to use and credit Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1.Davido on his ambitions beyond music and his festival “Are We African Yet?” »…Years ago it was the other way around when it was like people coming to Africa that we loved, investing and bringing their own culture with them. If we have festivals, we should do the same here.
And that’s why I have this festival that will happen every year-
I want to give [different artists] the opportunity to come and perform at different times each year. Because they have fans here and don’t know it.
Thanks to the internet, all you have to do is post a song on TikTok and off you go. Someone a billion miles away, this could be their best song and you wouldn’t even know it.
I feel like we need to own our culture too. We can’t wait for someone to present the idea and say, “Yo, Afrobeats is growing.” »Let’s sign up for African Coachella or something. I say, “No, we have to do it ourselves because we own it.” » So we had to have it. » Overall, if anyone wants to join in…
But the vision I have, I will have ten, twenty years later. The vision I have is to create it as something that fits the culture, and not specifically me.
Maybe I’m behind its production. All of this. But it’s something I do for the culture, and Atlanta will definitely have the first pair, but we’ve talked about moving them permanently because we’re everywhere. So I can definitely see Los Angeles, I can definitely see Toronto. So we will definitely postpone it.
Davido on Lagos and energy compared to other major cities…Yes, [Lagos is] like New York. ALL RIGHT. I would say these are cities I’ve been to and I can say New York. I wasn’t in Tokyo, but somewhere like Tokyo. London, definitely Kingston. Kingston. Lagos is very, very fast paced.
The horns. The market And everything is in Lagos. You have the parts in Lagos where it look like Miami. You got the parts in Lagos where it look like … You know what I’m saying? So everything is Lagos.
That city is a whole country in one, kind of. And I’ll say this every time, if you can survive in Lagos, you can survive anywhere in the world.
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