PRODUCER and DJ Diplo discussed his
visit to Nigeria in a new interview with GQ
The DJ who is one-half of the EDM duo
Jack U and a part of another EDM trio Major
Lazer visited Lagos back in April and hung
out with stars including Burna Boy and
Diplo discussed being sceptical of visiting
Nigeria after Shaggy and Sean Paul told him
of their scary experiences on their own visits.
He said:
Everybody always warned me not to go to
Nigeria to do shows. All the reggae artists—I
remember having a conversation years ago
with Sean Paul and Shaggy about Nigeria.
Sean Paul’s like, ‘I was going through Nigeria
and they put these cactuses up in front of
the stage. People just stood on the cactuses
trying to get onstage until guys with guns
batted them in the head to get ’em off.’ And
Shaggy’s like, ‘I got a better story. My first tour
in Nigeria, they had a fence up around the
venue, and the crowd was so crazy, they were
shaking the fence. The police were afraid, so
they sent the dogs out on the people to break
up the crowd. And then one dog came back
over the fence dead. They killed the dog and
threw it back over the fence.’ So that was
what I knew. I’d never been to Africa, besides
South Africa, and everybody in South Africa
calls it fake Africa.
He talked about the impact of Nigerian
music on the music scene in the world,
Nigeria has this huge diaspora, like
Jamaica. Nigerians live everywhere: England,
L.A., New York. Nigerians have had a huge
impact on music in the last ten years. Like
the UK funky stuff that ended up becoming
“One Dance” by Drake. And then, over
the last three or four years, Nigerians have
been taking over with this new Afro-pop
He continued:
The music scene is amazing because they
have pop stations—you’re gonna hear Bieber
and Katy Perry. Then they have all the hiphop
and R&B—“Bad and Boujee” was a hit in
Lagos before America. Then they have all the
Nigerian stuff—the Afro-pop like Davido,
Wizkid, Mr Eazi. And then they also have
legacy stuff, like Fela Kuti and Femi Kuti,
palm-wine music, and highlife. It’s crazy.
Diplo also discussed going to the club
at 3 a.m. with Burna Boy and Davido.

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