Record breaking artist WizKid, has already made history books by being one of Africa‟s youngest artists to have the fastest selling album in Nigeria. Wiz Kid is the only artist that rose to stardom before the release of an actual album. His creative freestyles and chart topping singles created pandemonium online and within the African and international music scene.
Signed in April 2012 to Akon‟s “Konvict Muzik Label‟, WizKid become the first Nigerian Afrobeats Artist to sign a Worldwide deal with the record label and become label mates with Akon, Lady Gaga and T-Pain to name a few.
Wizkid joined Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), headed by Banky W in 2009 and released his highly anticipated album “Superstar” in 2011 featuring hit singles such as “Tease Me‟, “Don‟t Dull‟ and “Holla at your Boy‟. Just under the span of a year, Wizkid has recorded with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Akon and also performed alongside Rick Ross. His debut album has made WizKid an international musical phenomenon, topping Nigerian and African charts and achieving international critical acclaim.
2011 was also the year WizKid headlined the UK‟s biggest African music event, London‟s “Afrobeats Festival‟ organised by Cokobar, Phoenix Global Media and Smade Entertainment.
WizKid delivered a superstar performance, which was proved to be unforgettable for his masses of fans. WizKid‟s return to the UK for his first ever European Tour is highly anticipated as is his eagerly awaited second upcoming album which fans have been promised will be explosive.
Amongst his many achievements, WizKid won the 2011 MTV EMA World Wide Act Award and 2011‟s MOBO Award for Best African Act.
WizKid has a lot to offer lovers of Afrobeats music on his UK tour. He promises to thrill his audiences with his biggest classic hits in addition to performing a world-wide exclusive on his UK “Starboy‟ tour- a debut of an unheard track recorded for his latest album.
WizKid will be joined by equally epic EME label mates on his tour; Banky W and Skales and UK based Afrobeats acts 2Kriss, Mista Silva, Skob, Kwamz and Flava. The Tour will be hosted by London Comedian and Choice FM host Eddie Kadi and will feature DJ Neptizzle as a DJ.
Presented by Cokobar.com the UK’s foremost “Sold Out‟ Afrobeats Concert Promoter and supported by Phoenix Global Media and Smade Entertainment, the UK is set for one of the biggest Afrobeats Concert to grace UK shores. Known for their success in entertaining sold out crowds, Cokobar have been very influential in the rise of Afrobeats in the UK. With Dbanj gearing up to become the first African artist to enter the UK charts in May 2012, Cokobar continues to bring Africa to large UK venues and believe the tour will be a re-defining moment in African concert history in the UK.
Cokobar.com CEO Mr Ropo Akin states:
“We bring the best of Africa to the world. WizKid is arguably one of the biggest and most popular African artists of the millennium who we believe can hold his own against any of his UK and US counterparts. This tour will be one of our biggest yet and the response so far has been excellent. Wizkid is the most exciting talent out of Africa that appeals to Afrobeats lovers worldwide. He is also one of the most consistent African artists over the last two years. The Star Boy UK Tour promises to history in the making”.
The ‘WizKid Star Boy UK Tour’ starts off in Manchester, at the prestigious Birdcage on 3rd June 2012, then hits the famous HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London on the 4th June 2012.
Actress and producer, Funke Akindele also confirmed the Wizkid UK tour;
Choice FM presenter Eddie Kadi expressed how honouring it is to be a part of the event. “I love Afrobeats and anything attached to it. This is another step towards Afrobeats becoming a permanent resident in the UK and Wizkid is one of the flagship artists. I look forward to some of the most talented British based young Africans showcasing their immense talent alongside Wizkid.”
Also performing on the night will be South London Rapper, Sneakbo who recently released his new single “Sing for Tomorrow‟ featuring L Marshall.
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