Kizz Daniel: Music is About Touching Lives

By Terra Kulture

To inspire the next generation of creatives, Bolanle Austen-Peters of Terra Kulture invited Kizz Daniel to share his creative journey and connection to the contemporary Afrobeats scene.

Kizz Daniel's Creative Journey (2021)Terra Kulture

Meet Kizz Daniel
Oluwatobiloba Anidugbe, professionally known as Kizz Daniel is an award-winning Nigerian recording artist, performer and entertainer. Best known for his chart-topping singles “Mama”, “Woju”, “Yeba”, “One Ticket”, “Madu” amongst others. Kizz Daniel is one of the pioneers of contemporary afro-pop music. He is signed to his own record label, Fly Boy Inc.

Meet Kizz Daniel here and get to know one of Nigeria's most exciting Afrobeat artists.

Kizz Daniel behind-the-scenes (2020)Terra Kulture

“I love music. I want to listen. I want to learn. I experiment with sounds. I listen to all kinds of music; Konto sound to Afrobeat. From the likes of Fela Kuti, Plantashun Boiz, Danfo drivers, Zulezu and Afropop.”

Kizz Daniel behind-the-scenes (2020)Terra Kulture

"I have been able to merge Afro soul, Afrobeat and hip hop to create my own genre of music. We are Africans, we are cultural people. Afrobeat is like the African spirit. It’s really really personal to Africans."

Kizz Daniel behind-the-scenes (2020)Terra Kulture

“I use comedy to get away from the pressure of the industry. I use comedy so people can see that this guy isn’t that uptight. He’s actually a free guy.”

Kizz Daniel behind-the-scenes (2020)Terra Kulture

“The title of the first song I ever wrote was 'Kudi'. It was about my first relationship. We ended up breaking up so I wrote a song for her.”

Kizz Daniel behind-the-scenes (2020)Terra Kulture

“It took three months before ‘Woju’ became a hit song. My boss was all positive and energetic. He said this is the song, this is the hit song."

Kizz Daniel behind-the-scenes (2020)Terra Kulture

"‘Woju’ was a high-life tune and ‘Laye’ was more like a Makossa tune. Social media went wild, saying Kiss Daniel is doing the same sound and everything. So I went back to the studio and then created ‘Raba,’ which was more like the high-life sound. So it was totally different.”

Kizz Daniel behind-the-scenes (2020)Terra Kulture

"I think the most important for me when it comes to music is touching lives."

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