Raise your hand if anytime in the last year, after hearing the first lines of Davido’s “Fall,” the infectious Afropop vibe took over your entire being.
You’re not alone. The 26-year-old Davido has seen this massive song, which has had 150 million views on YouTube, reign global charts and streaming platforms, as well as parties and festivals since its release in 2017.
But for the Atlanta, Georgia born, Lagos, Nigeria raised megastar, recording “Fall” wasn’t nothing more than he and his producers goofing around in the studio.
“We made that song like a joke. I wasn’t serious. It was us having fun. Until today I’m like, why doesn’t the song want to die,” Davido said jokingly of the nearly three year old song that received new life when it was included on his full-length album, A Good Time, last month.
In November, the long awaited album entered the pop charts, further extending the Afrobeat artist’s reach outside of Africa. A Good Time includes his equally gigantic hit “If” along with “Blow Your Mind” feat. Chris Brown, plus new collaborations with Summer Walker, Gunna, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Naira Marley, and more.
Last week Davido announced the dates of his 2020 North American tour, which kicks off February 28th in Canada. He ends the year performing as part of Afro Nation Ghana in Accra.
But humbly, the singer-songwriter who has won several awards including MOBO’s Best African Artist and BET’s Best International Act, has been thankful for the year-after-year success and has spent 2019 enjoying the fruits of his labor.
“This was a great year for us because we’re normally busy, on tour, but this year we relaxed. We stayed in America – in ATL, LA – and chilled. Things just aligned this year. We had a great time recording the album.”
Check out the full video with Davido above.
Listen to his interview with Yes, Girl! below: