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Wizkid Dedicates New Album ‘Morayo’ to Late Mother



Award-winning Nigerian singer Wizkid has revealed the inspiration behind his upcoming album ‘Morayo’ in an interview with Esquire.

The album is a heartfelt tribute to his late mother, Jane Dolapo Balogun, who passed away in August 2023 and was laid to rest in October.

“It pays the utmost respect to my mother. I’ve named it after her,” he explained.

Wizkid also expressed his passion for showcasing African and Yoruba cultures through his music. He emphasized the importance of sharing his heritage with the world.

“It’s very important for people to know where the source of my magic comes from. I’m African, I’m Nigerian; that’s my blood, that’s my DNA,” he said. “So, it’s important for me to push Yoruba out there. Let people know about my culture. I like to know about everyone else’s culture, their way of life, and this is mine.”

Wizkid, born Ayodeji Balogun, rose to fame in 2011 with his debut album ‘Superstar’. He has since released four more albums: ‘Ayo (Joy)’ in 2014, ‘Sound From The Other Side’ in 2017, ‘Made In Lagos’ in 2020, and ‘More Love, Less Ego’ in 2022.

The release date for his sixth album ‘Morayo’ has not yet been announced. At 33, Wizkid is regarded as one of Nigeria’s leading contemporary artists.

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