Videos: Wizkid Honoured Fela With Exclusive Performances At #Felabration GrandFinale I Watch


Wizkid loves Fela. He embodies the man in his lifestyle, dips into his sound to create contemporary records, and calls himself the young Fela.

Wizkid’s success as the best pop performer in Africa, and his efforts to spread the music to non-traditional markets have made him a legend to a many Nigerians. Many have even compared him to Fela. Such is the level of his greatness, that he is being compared to the greatest.

It was Fela’s music home that Wizkid was performing now, and the gravity of the occasion was not lost on everyone involved. The leader of the new generation was paying homage to the leader of the past. Wizkid and Fela Kuti, for once can be comfortably uttered in one sentence. The band cued in ‘Sweet love’, an Afrobeat record that Fela would be proud of.


Arararara,” Wizkid shouted the Afrobeat chant, and the crowd responded with matching vim: “Orororororo.”

From there it went uphill. Fela’s son, Femi Kuti hit the stage with his saxophone, and together they created a live performance of ‘Jaiye Jaiye’. Magic was happening in front of us all. Wizkid bent down and shook outstretched hands of fans as he performed his old-time classics ‘No lele’.

“Dem say dem no no how, dis scum boy come from gutter make am. See, I go be number one, as a born champion no lele.”

Lagos was receiving their homecoming king. Their champion of the art and he was basking in that worship, that adulation, that adoration. He was an idol for the night. And his worshippers numbered in thousands.

Wizkid returned, with a gift in hand. A random fan screamed his name loudest, and he dipped his hand into his pocket, where he pulled a fat wad of cash and handed it to that fan. But onstage, another fan was in the zone. During his performance of ‘Pullover’, his 2013 single with Kcee, a physically challenged crippled fan was onstage, dancing and soaking up the moment. Wizkid simply dipped his hand into his pocket, grabbed another fat wad of cash, and let it rain on that fan who was moved to tears.

Watch his exclusive performances last night: