Wizkid signed to management company, Disturbing London in 2012 in a bid to project his/African sound to a larger audience especially in the UK and US. Disturbing London is a UK based platform comprises artiste management, record label services, publishing, fashion design, brand partnerships, event curation and digital services; spanning music artists and music marketing. Disturbing London is a management company owned by Dumi Oburonta, a music/fashion mogul and winner of the Black British Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006, alongside the artist he manages, Nigerian/British rapper, Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu,popularly known as Tinie Tempah.
There’s been speculation that all isn’t going well with Wizkid and Disturbing London as he’s been dripping hints upon hints via his social media page where he singled a half of music producer duo, Mut4y to be handling everything Wizkid-related including his London and America dealings.
He further reaffirmed veteran manager Sunday Are to also be his manager and that was it.
He hasn’t said anything about Disturbing London until sometime last week where he took to Twitter to make a daring announcement, enjoining young artistes to desist from doing business with Disturbing London as he accused the of criminal operation.
We’re not exactly surprised but curious as to what must’ve triggered that tweet. Some persons thought he was warning the public about a fake Disturbing London handle but when I clicked the handle he mentioned, it was surprisingly the official handle of Disturbing London. I was legit restless about not knowing what must have transpired between both parties but scratch that, I know now and I’m sharing.
The details are a bit sketchy but it stemmed an allege that Wizkid is being financially exploited. According to Ovie’s #MATS8 podcast, he gathered from a source that Wizkid wants out of the deal and that’s one of the reasons why he’s deliberately ditched certain gigs on international stages booked by Disturbing London. Wizkid ought to have performed at this year’s Coachella, the biggest music festival in the world and at Afropunk in Paris but he skipped these gigs for undisclosed reasons. The whole issue was dated back to his sold out show at Royal Albert hall in London which saw Wizkid run at a huge loss because Disturbing London tabled cost everything even the tiniest like Uber expense wasn’t spared. So all of that was extracted from the revenue generated from the Royal Albert show and almost nothing is went to Wizkid. It’s been going on and the last straw that broke the camel’s back is the just concluded AfroRepublik concert where about 20k people were in attendance as tickets were sold out. So it was said that most of the revenues didn’t get to Wizkid because of running cost that went into putting the show together as alleged.
Kana by street ambassador Olamide ft Wizkid happens to be one of the songs making waves presently. The audio dropped in May and the visual was said to be in the works not long after the audio. With so much anticipation to a Sesan-directed visual come June,our foretaste was watered down due to the noticeable absence of Wizkid in the music video. Fans expected an Omo to Shan 2.0 as the stars haven’t been on a project together since their 2011 smash.
You trust I’m here to save the day if you’ve been wondering how Wizkid drake-d Olamide and didn’t ‘come closer’ enough for a video shoot to Kana. Olamide shot the video sometime in May while he was in Houston for his show. Olamide booked Wizkid’s flight to come over from London but Wizkid didn’t get on the flight. A distraught Olamide went ahead to shoot the video while Sesan travelled to meet Wizkid in London during the period of his Afrorepublik concert to capture Wizkid’s part of the video but Baba Nla didn’t show up still for untold reasons actually. Wizkid proceeded to Ghana where he was billed to perform at the Ghana Meets Naija 2018 edition and Sesan flew to Ghana to shoot Wizkid but Wizkid still didn’t show up. A turn I can’t link to a valid reason because he was pictured hanging with Tiwa Savage and others for a bulk of their stay in the Ghana.