From Africa to the World…
David Adedeji Adeleke, or better known by his stage name, Davido, is one of the few artists who pioneered Afro-fusion music, taking it from Africa to the mainstream international stage. A winner of the Best African Act award at MTV’s EMAs, and with hits such as ‘If’, ‘Fall’ & ‘Fia’, Davido is revered by his fans all over the world for his catchy anthems, collaborations and luxurious lifestyle. A son of a wealthy businessman, PAUSE spoke to Davido about his career, his journey into music and his love for Africa.
You’re born and bred in Nigeria, right?
I was born in Atlanta, USA. I travelled back and fourth to Lagos as a child but was raised in Atlanta in my early years. I also schooled there. I have a house in Atlanta but I’m based in Lagos.
Tell us your story from before the music, when did it all start?
I’ve always liked it, I kind of fell into music through some friends who were doing music, and then I used to follow my cousin to the studio and stuff and from there, it started.
Is there one that touches you the most?
There’s one that I wrote, about 2 of my friends who died, that was ‘FIA.’
What’s your favourite African dish and why?
Rice, I like Ebba, seafood, and crab. Or white rice & fish.
Which countries do you enjoy performing at the most?
I like Africa, anywhere in Africa, African countries.
Which countries in Africa?
Everywhere, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, South Africa, Libya, everywhere, it’s amazing. UK, US, everywhere.
What other things can we expect from you in the near future?
I announced my O2 show yesterday. I’m going to start selling tickets for it soon.
When’s your O2 show?
January 22nd, 2019.
There’s a lot of African artists based in London, but they’re trying to reach you guys in Nigeria, what advice would you give them?
Go to Nigeria.
Really, you think they should go back?
If they’re trying to reach somewhere it’s the best place to be. But it just depends, to be honest. Mr. Eazi was in London, then he came back.
Do you think you have to get the love from home first before things take off?
To be honest, me, I’m not into this international stuff but I’m really doing it because I’m one of those people pioneering this movement. I have to put a cape on my back and do it for the culture but I always prefer being at home.
In terms of luxury brands if you had to pick Gucci, or Louis Vuitton, or Prada, which one would you pick?
I mean it depends because sometimes it’s different, sometimes there are people that come out with better clothes from a particular season.
Who you feeling right now, there’s a lot right now you got Fendi, you got Balenciaga, which one are you feeling right now?
Dior I guess.