Wizkid at The Ritz, Manchester
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As one of Nigeria’s hottest exports, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun or Wizkid will be dropping in to The Ritz in Manchester on Sunday September 28th with a number of special guests who are yet to be announced.
At the age of 11, Wizkid found early fame with a single under his former name Lil’ Prinz. This collaboration with revered Nigerian music icon OJB Jezreel led to him recording a seven track LP that was sold in his local church in Lagos, acclaimed by many other artists as well as his family and friends who thus gave him encouragement to expand his project further.
Wizkid found his break onto the UK’s mainstream scene in 2009 with another collaboration, this time with M.I on the track ‘Fast Money, Fast Cars’ that drew attention from many critics and increased his fan base even further. Going on to be heard with other artists such as Kel, Wizkid eventually signed with Banky W’s label Empire Mates Entertainment and heavily featured on Banky’s album ‘The W Experience’. The next year also saw Ayodeji release his first singles with good friend Skales, namely ‘Holla At Your Boy’, ‘Gidi Girl’, and ‘Oro Mi’. The album also featured the hit ‘Tease Me’, a freestyle rap that progressed into being a Nigerian his after its initial leak on the internet.
Since then Wizkid has been presented with several awards including the Dynamix All Youth Awards ‘Promising Artiste Of The Year’ and ‘Song Of The Year’. Wizkid is now also the owner of his established imprint Star Boy Entertainment, a label that aims to give a platform to up and coming artists. The imprint has seen work from the likes of Maleek Berry, Legendury Beats and recording artist L.A.X, some of whom are to drop albums and singles on the label very soon.
Wizkid will be performing in the intimate and unique surroundings of The Ritz in Manchester on Sunday 28th September. Built in 1928 and undergoing a 2 million pound refurbishment a few years ago, The Ritz now sees some of Manchester premier clubbing events including events curated by WHP as well as Rollerdisco at The Ritz and Ultimate Power alongside a series of impressive live music gigs that have seen the likes of R.E.M, Theo Parrish, The Arctic Monkeys, Snow Patrol and many more.
There will also be a number of very special guests who will be joining Wizkid at The Ritz, however these are yet to be announced. Watch this space to find out who will be playing alongside the young wizard.