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Chris Brown and Tyga for Dami Duro Remix, Rick Ross On Back When Remix – Davido Tells MTV

Posted by Tyler on September 25, 2012 in News · 29 Comments



The Wrap Up’s Afrobeat columnist Nonny Orakwue recently caught up

with Davido – one of Nigeria’s hottest new kids on the block. Making his

emergence on the scene in 2011 with the smash ‘Back When’, the teenage artist and producer has already performed to audiences in four continents, opened for D’Banj and been nominated for a string of awards. We speak to Davido about the evolution of the Nigerian music industry, his heart throb status and more…


The Wrap Up: How would you describe your sound in three



Davido: Sexy, enjoyable and danceable.


TWU: You could be described as a triple threat with your skills

in performing and production. How did you start out?


Davido: I started as a producer at first in Nigeria, just pushing local artists, then I just thought I would sing. I got tired of taking my work to the studio to get mixed, so I learnt that too and that’s how I got into the producing, singing and engineering.


TWU: Which artists have influenced your sound and music?


Davido: A lot of Nigerian artists, from 2Face to D’Banj. I like American

music as well, people like Timbaland, Pharrell, Vybz Kartel, Movado – a

mixture of stuff really.


TWU: You’re best known for your two distinctive hits ‘Back When’ and ‘Dami Duro’. If you could have any artist remix

them, who would it be?


Davido: Chris Brown and Tyga for ‘Dami Duro’ because I heard a DJ mix

on the internet where they put Chris Brown’s verse on it and it was

insane. For ‘Back When’ I’d put Rick Ross on it for something hard.


TWU: What was the inspiration behind ‘Dami Duro and ‘Back



Davido: I recorded ‘Back When’ in London on Old Kent Road. I just did

it; I came back from the club and went straight into the studio and that’s when it just came out – thank God it worked. I recorded ‘Dami Duro’ back in October. In Nigeria I was getting a lot of critics asking if I was a one hit wonder, so I made that song for the haters really – but I’m happy with how it came out.


TWU: You hooked up with UK afrobeats artist Dotstar on the

‘Expensive’ remix. How did that come about and do you have plans to work with any other UK artists?


Davido: My manager was helping Dotstar with some stuff when I heard that Dr. Sid was there – me and him are close, so I just hopped on it. I want to work with Tinie of course. And L Marshall; we went to high school together before he moved out here and we’re planning to do something as well. Tinchy too… that’s it really.


TWU: When you’re not making music, what do you usually get

up to?


Davido: I chill with my cousins and friends… but my life has always

been around music. I’m trying not to slow down because in this industry

I feel like there’s always somebody out there that’s hungrier than you and wants your spot. If you try and relax, somebody will take it. So I’m Just trying to work, work, work… I’m not even trying to take a break at all.


TWU: Which three items can’t you leave the house without?


Davido: My phone, of course! My headphones, because I try and take

them everywhere so that I can listen to stuff… and my ATM card.


TWU: Right now in African entertainment you’re seen as a bit of a heartthrob. What is your ideal woman?


Davido: I don’t really have an ideal woman, it is just whoever I fall in love with; but she would be smart and have her own money because I’m not into girls who just want money. I’d like someone who has her own goals and who would support my stuff.


TWU: You and the whole HKN crew are quite distinct in your style – you dress in a similar fashion to UK and US artists. What has been the response from the older generation in Nigeria?


Davido: If I am performing at a wedding or something I make sure not

to expose my body, but I feel like the people that really care about things like that are getting older and younger people are replacing them. In America, there are a lot of things you can get away with in the industry – you can have sex tapes or pictures of people smoking and people don’t really care. I am not saying that it is right, but I feel like in

Nigeria people are moving more towards that direction; but people have to be careful. I look at myself as a role model and I wouldn’t want kids looking at me saying ‘Davido has tattoos, I want tattoos!’


TWU: Speaking about the evolution of the Nigerian music industry, where do you see it going?


Davido: I see it going super international. We have D’Banj working with Big Sean and Kanye West and P Square working with Akon. It’s crazy,

it’s about to go down!


TWU: Finally, what features or collaborations can we expect from you in the future?


Davido: I have tunes with Ice Prince and Wizkid coming out, and May

D… and I would like to work with Flavour.


Curled from: MTV

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  1. Hahahaha wetin chris brown n tyga wan talk if dem decide 2 ft in d dami duro remix??? Davido abeg go sleep

  2. Hm me I dy fearrr ds guys ooo hope the no wnt 2 use ds bois makes dis mone.

  3. Trexz you are a 21st century fool.

  4. Oyyah nw letz go dere.

  5. I go lyk 2 hear dat remix

  6. I swear my own version of damiduro no be hear o. David u betr look up unto dat u remix tnz kus I dn do am already I get plance 2 make am hit. I JUST MADE SENCE

  7. D track defo gonna make sense oh, d 1 wit weezy datz my most anticipated track of d yr! Davido u dey try bone shit wey haterz dey talk

  8. Uncle david..jst folow ur heart o,in anytin u wan 2do.

  9. Lmaooo. . .

  10. Hmm…Nice chat brov….u really talked more maturely..unlike i use to fink about u…thumbs up….

  11. I hope say that wack rapper shino rambo or wetin dem dey call am no go show him mumu face for the video fake wack rapper

  12. Na wa for all dis naija artists ooooO,wetin chris brown wan sing for dami remex?well I trust david on gud musik.we can’t wait to hear it

  13. I pray oooooo

  14. I just hope say that nigerian disgrace shino rambo no go show him depoted face for the video #wack rapper

  15. @trexz u b fool,big 1,wetin akon talk 4 chop my money remix?

  16. For those that believe the remix ain’t gon work out pls know I have the dj mix on ma phone dami duro ft chris brown & tyga n u can get it at hulkshare go listen before una dey talk anyhow “Mad track”

  17. I think its better to do a new hit with dose guys not a remix……david……..

  18. HKN all d way…feeling this dude lik crazy! U be people nt a person…tuaile 4 u alone!!!

  19. Ol of una wey dey criticiz sina rambo n tinkin dat dami duro rmx no go make sense na 1st class upgraded fools una be.wen psquare feature rickross any of una fit tink say da man go fit spit verse 4 dat track abi na akon wey dey chop ma money abi snoop wey dey dance 2 mr endowed..make una use brain reazn oo..

  20. The coming of Christ Jesus is at hand…listening to Ungodly songs is gonna take you to hell….here is another chance for you to change your ways, repent and turn to God cus’ if you die today, you can’t say you’ve never heard anything about Jesus(so far you’re reading this message) and ‘davido’ you were all talking about will keep on enjoying his life…..Turn to HIM, His hands are always open to accept you….Accept Jesus Into Your Life Before its Too Late(Legalised gay marriage and adultery in some countrys is the sign of the end time)…You are blessed as you turn to God IN JESUS NAME(AMEN)


  21. gonna be dope

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