Budding Nigerian musician based in Canada, Baggotee originally known as Babatunji Quadri Abdulwahab, has said Nigerian music is doing well in the Diaspora.
Baggotee said the advent of the social media has been a key element in the growth and development of music in Africa.
The young artiste, who first left Nigeria for the United States in 2015 where he attended the Trident International University, California, before eventually moving to Toronto, Canada, opined that the social media has helped many of Africa’s emerging music talents showcase their artistic prowess to a wider and global audience, reaping several benefits in the process.
Baggotee is preparing to release a new EP titled ‘Energy, Time and Thought’.
He paid tribute to late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, describing him as an icon for good music around the world.
He said, “The social media has been a blessing to the development of music in Africa. It has afforded young artistes like me to showcase our talent to the world and find acceptance in the most unlikely of places. Personally, platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tik Tok have helped to grow my music and brand. A lot of African talents including in the Diaspora has benefitted from this a lot, too.
“We are following in the footsteps of the great Fela, who is an icon for global music and that’s why my EP is paying tribute to him. He has done a lot to help entrench a good path for young artistes like me around the world.
“Shortly after the release of my EP, I will be dropping my debut album. A lot of work is going on underground to ensure that the album is something fans will be proud about.
“Nigerian music is huge in the Diaspora; I will continue to work hard to contribute to its growth and acceptance globally.”
Baggotee’s new work follows the success of his earlier hits including ‘Summer Vibe’ and ‘Carri’, which continue to enjoy massive airplay and reviews.
In Canada where he currently resides, he is rated highly and often lined up for important shows.