In the global music arena, African music has fast become an undeniable formidable force. Genres like Afrobeat and Afropop are now being spoken of in the same light as hip hop, rock and R&B — and in all honest, African music is now firmly cemented in the pop music realm. With the rise of African music, comes the emergence of new talent which goes on to take these sounds to the world. Ikeja, Lagos, born artist Sliqwiz is one of these artists playing in the Dancehall and Afropop world — consistently delivering hit after hit.
The 25-year-old Cape Town based artist released his first single, Fore Play, in October 2018 and it served as his first introduction to the South African market. With the release, Sliqwiz showed his capabilities, his unique offering to the game and great music.
We had a chat a quick Q&A with him recently to find out more about him, his music, influences and more. Check it out!
The South African music industry got to introduced to your brand and you as an artist last when you released your ﬁrst single ‘Fore Play’. Please give us a little more background on journey. How did it all start for you?
I’ve always had a passion for music, I joined a music band in high school in which I started off as a drummer in the band. Later on, I met a friend who already had some exposure in the professional music scene and I began to enhancing my music writing skills and rhymes. I wrote and recorded my first song at the age of 19 which was a hip hop song and got a great response from my friends and family. This gave me the zeal and encouragement to take things further professionally earning me award recognitions and accolades from fans and top colleagues in the industry.
Who or what inspires you to do what you do?
I get my inspirations from sounds and classic records from a few legendary artiste like Bob Marley, 2Pac, UB40 etc.
What is the one thing that you would like people to know about you and your music?
My originality and versatility in my sound of music.
You have a very international sound and your songwriting is great. What is your creative process?
I’m bringing a different West African feel with my lyrics, delivery and content.
What can we expect from you this year?
I’ll be dominating the whole African music scene with my sound and unreleased projects. I have my EP and a couple videos dropping this year.
Who would love to work and make music with?
There are a lot of diversified musicians out there putting in so much work and effort in their craft, I’ll work with anyone who I feel will have an impact or influence on any specific song I make.
In conclusion, where can people follow you online?
I can be followed with @sliqwiz on all social media platforms.
Watch Sliqwiz’s Fore Play music video below.