In the three years since Wizkid released his second studio album Ayo in 2014, he has helped to bring Afrobeat and Nigerian culture to the forefront of mainstream music. Wizkid started to become a more well-known name when Skepta and Drake jumped on a remix of "Ojuelegba" in 2015 and Wizkid assisted in last summer's mega hit "One Dance." After spending the majority of last year releasing loose singles to build the anticipation for his forthcoming album, Wizkid finally returns with major news many of his fans have been waiting to hear.
Earlier today, Wizkid revealed in an exclusive interview with Billboard that he had officially signed a multi-album worldwide deal with RCA Records / Sony Music International. Although the singer/songwriter has become widely known for his impact on the world's new infatuation with Afrobeat, he admits that he's ready to show the versatility of his sound. "What’s important to me is for music to be real, authentic, raw and timeless," Wizkid told Billboard. "I don’t wanna be boxed in to any one genre." This statement was very apparent when he released the reggaeton-influenced single "Daddy Yo" in December.
In a short interview with Ebro on Beats 1, Wizkid explained that his latest single "Sweet Love"—a smooth record, with a subtle groove—was actually inspired by "Ojuelegba." He also revealed that his forthcoming mixtape Sounds from the Otherside, as well as his new album are both ready to go. With a steady rhythm, "Sweet Love" serves a great introduction to listeners still easing their way into Afrobeat, and the perfect preview of what's to come.
Listen to Wizkid explain the inspiration behind the single, and "Sweet Love" in full below.