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EXCLUSIVE: African R&B sensation Praiz talks music, xenophobia and philanthropy

Mashudu Malema | 5 April 2017

Connect caught up with Nigerian R&B sensation Praiz Adejo hot of the heels of his electic Big Brother Naija performance. The star, whose voice is often likened to that of American singer/songwriter John Legend, talked to us about his musical career and growth as an artist. 

The Folashade singer catapulted into stardom after finishing as the second runner-up of MTN’s Project Fame, West Africa. His feature on BEZ’s 2011 single, That Stupid Song, made history by being the first African video to make a world premiere on BET’s 106 & Park.

Having built up a loyal fan base from the release of hit singles like Rich and Famous and more recently Folashade, Praiz, as his name suggests, is an artist whose body of work is deserving of international acclaim. It’s little wonder then that the star has an official day named in his honour, Praiz Adejo Day, in the US.

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Praiz Adejo’s single cover for Folashade

In an exclusive interview with Connect, the star shares his thoughts on the recent xenophobic attacks that have negatively thrust South Africa into the limelight.

Answering the question of whether or not he thinks South Africans are xenophobic, Praiz said: “To be honest, people I’ve come into contact with, I don’t think are xenophobic. I have a lot of South African friends who are really friendly and who have helped me in so many ways.” He goes on to express his hope for a united Africa. “We need to be one,” he concludes.

Peep the full interview below 

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