Wande Coal practically birthed a whole new generation of Afropop, influencing almost all the industry.
Wande Coal ushered in a style that introduced a new generation of Afropop, just like the roles of John the Baptist in the bible.
Ethically, in my book Wande Coal and Wizkid is like John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, one came to prepare the way for the other…weird but true!
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Wande Coal appear to prepare the way for the new era, influenced almost the whole Nigeria music industry.
In a time, Afrobeats as a term stops serving the core traditional style and with its constant genre-unifying, interpolating and resurgence, the most meticulous term to describe the wave of music circulating out of Nigeria and Ghana is Afropop.
Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe popularly known as Wande Coal surfaced in the Nigerian entertainment industry as a dancer, especially dancing in D’banj music videos back then.
He signed to Don Jazzy‘s Mo’ Hits Records in 2006, one of the most acclaimed labels in Nigeria now known as Mavins.
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Releasing his first single titled ‘Ololufe’ one of the exceptional love songs ever written by a Nigerian act.
In 2009, he released his debut album ‘Mushin To Mo’Hits’ which defined the dawn of this era, widely accepted across Nigeria and the globe.
Also, the only divergence was the album being released in the CDs era, no internet, obviously, the spread of Afropop into the global scene – and in effect, the global bridge accord with the rise of the internet and smartphone usage in West Africa.
The majority of the new generation Nigeria Afropop artiste shares a common characteristic originated from Wande Coal