How Don Jazzy, D’banj Inspired Me – Davido

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Multiple award-winning singer, David Adeleke also known as Davido has revealed that Don Jazzy and D’banj inspired him to do African music.

In a recent Instagram Live chat with Grammy Museum, Davido also stated that he returned back to school because of his father.

He said, “Coming from Atlanta and just hanging around them inspired me. I remember seeing them with Jay-Z and Kanye West in a room. They had a lot to do with me wanting to do music. My father has also been a mentor.”

David Adeleke disclosed that his going back to school was to please his father.

In the early stage of my career, I was like a one-man-band. For my first single, I made the beat, and recorded the song myself. I mixed and mastered Dami duro myself. When I was getting bigger, I could no longer do everything myself. Now, I have producers and songwriters who I work with. I now believe in collective efforts. The business side of everything is important. Music is just about 30 or40 per cent. Going back to school helped me concentrate. Sometimes in life, you just have to sacrifice. It was something I had to do for my father,” he said.

Asked why he didn’t pursue the family business like his siblings, the Omo Baba Olowo crooner said, “It wasn’t that I wanted to rebel; I was just in love with music. I could not concentrate on something else. I was slacking in school and other things I wasn’t supposed to slack in because of my love for music. I had to fight for it. It’s what I knew I was destined to do. I was learning how to record, so I was slacking in other things. Music took over me.”

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