Signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik Label in April 2012, WizKid became the first Nigerian Afrobeats Artist to sign a Worldwide deal with the record label.
Wizkid joined Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) in Nigeria, headed by Banky W in 2009 and released his highly anticipated album “Superstar”
Just under the span of a year, Wizkid has recorded with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Akon and also performed alongside Rick Ross. His debut album has made WizKid an international musical phenomenon, topping Nigerian and African charts and achieving international critical acclaim.
Amongst his many achievements, Wizkid won the 2011 MTV EMA World Wide Act Award and 2011's MOBO Award for Best African Act.
Wizkid has a lot to offer lovers of Afrobeats music on his UK tour. He promises to thrill his audiences with his biggest classic hits in addition to performing a world-wide exclusive on his UK Starboy tour - a debut of an unheard track recorded for his latest album.
Wizkid will be joined by equally epic EME label mates on his tour; Banky W and Skales and UK based Afrobeats acts 2Kriss, Mista Silva, Skob, Kwamz and Flava. The Tour will be hosted by London Comedian and Choice FM host Eddie Kadi and will feature the award winning DJ, Neptizzle.
Known for their success in entertaining sold out crowds, Organiser, Cokobar have been very influential in the rise of Afrobeats in the UK. With Dbanj gearing up to become the first African artist to enter the UK charts in May 2012, Cokobar continues to bring Africa to large UK venues and believe the tour will be a re-defining moment in African concert history in the UK.
Cokobar.com CEO Mr Ropo Akin states:
“We bring the best of Africa to the world. Wizkid is arguably one of the biggest and most popular African artists of the millennium who we believe can hold his own against any of his UK and US counterparts. This tour will be one of our biggest yet and the response so far has been excellent. Wizkid is the most exciting talent out of Africa that appeals to Afrobeats lovers worldwide. He is also one of the most consistent African artists over the last two years. The Star Boy UK Tour promises to history in the making”.
The Wizkid Star Boy UK Tour kicks off in Manchester, at the prestigious Birdcage on 3rd June 2012, then hits the famous HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London on the 4th June 2012.
Choice FM presenter Eddie Kadi expressed how honouring it is to be a part of the event. “I love Afrobeats and anything attached to it. This is another step towards Afrobeats becoming a permanent resident in the UK and Wizkid is one of the flagship artists. I look forward to some of the most talented British based young Africans showcasing their immense talent alongside Wizkid.”
Also performing on the night will be South London Rapper, Sneakbo.