“Smile” with WizKid and H.E.R. in new visual
After a series of delays, Nigerian star WizKid is finally ready to deliver his new album Made In Lagos next month. Previously, he released the singles “No Stress” and the H.E.R.-assisted “Smile” — today, the latter gets an accompanying visual for fans to enjoy.
Produced by P2J, the uplifting cut sees the collaborators singing about bringing positive energy into their respective relationships:
“I can be your substance, it’s easy when the love don’t hide, no hide, no hide, had to learn from my mistakes/
Company creates companions, so right, yeah, yeah baby boo say, I love your smile, girl I love it when you smile, no lie.../”
Directed by Meji Alabi, the colorful clip shows WizKid out in the park with his son, interspersed with shots of H.E.R. and many other beautiful Black faces in varying situations. As the song suggested, it’s the ability to smile and bring joy to each other that connects the entire clip together.
Made In Lagos will follow WizKid’s 2017 major label debut and third official album Sounds from the Other Side, which saw 12 tracks and collaborations with Trey Songz, Drake, Major Lazer, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. Prior to that, he released the projects Superstar and Ayo in 2011 and 2014, respectively.
In a past interview with Evening Standard, WizKid spoke on his sound, as well as how he has no intention of just being an African success:
“I didn’t start making music to be an African star. I always wanted to be a worldwide musician... Music is a universal language. I always felt there is no soul that would listen to Afrobeats and not fall in love with it — only if you don’t love music, and I don’t know any human being that doesn’t love music.”
Press play on WizKid’s visual for “Smile” below. Made In Lagos drops October 15.