Today is the birthday of veteran singer Wande Coal, and in this piece, we will highlight six top musicians on the music scene who have openly given him his flowers as a result of him being such an inspiration to them

 

 

It is a common proverb that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, despite the fact that this adage has been contested by a number of creatives, it is still an undeniable fact that inspiration and influences, regardless of the form they take, are necessary for the creation of masterpieces. Because of this, in the world of music, musicians are frequently questioned about their musical influences and role models, and they also give lengthy responses to these questions. Many times, when the subject of inspiration is brought up in the Nigerian music scene, musicians and emerging talents are quick to mention Wande Coal with sparkling remarks on the impact his music has had on their decision to create music. These musicians and talents have been quick to mention Wande Coal because of the impact his music has had on their decision to create music. Other musicians have taken it a step further than simply mentioning him and have begun to emulate his musical flow and style in their own work.

The singer Wande Coal, whose falsetto voice flows in many different directions, was born Wande Ojosipe on October 18th, making today, October 18th, his birthday. Wande Coal is also known as Black Diamond, a moniker he gave himself. Today, he turns 36 years old, and some quick math shows that if we subtract 2006, the year that he officially began his involvement in the music industry, from the present day, we get the conclusion that he has been in the game for 15 years. So to honor and underscore Wande Coal’s inspirational work in the Nigerian music scene, which was encapsulated by Mayorkun on Davido’s The Best with the line, “Shey you sing pass Wande Coal?,” in this list, we give a brief rundown of some musicians he has inspired with references from their words to their flows. Mayorkun encapsulated Wande Coal’s work by saying, “Shey you sing pass Wande Coal?”

1. Musicians inspired by Wande Coal: Wizkid

Musicians inspired by Wande Coal

It is a common proverb that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Despite the fact that this proverb has been contested by a number of creatives, it is still an undeniable fact that inspiration and influences, regardless of the form they take, are necessary for the creation of masterpieces. Because of this, members of the music community are frequently questioned about their musical influences and role models, and they also give lengthy responses to these questions. Many times, when the subject of inspiration is brought up in the Nigerian music scene, musicians and emerging talents are quick to mention Wande Coal with sparkling remarks on the impact his music has had on their decision to create music. Other musicians have taken it a step further than simply mentioning him and have begun to emulate his musical flow and style in their own work.

The singer Wande Coal, whose falsetto voice flows in many different directions, was born Wande Ojosipe on October 18th, making today, October 18th, his birthday. Wande Coal is also known as Black Diamond, a moniker he self-assigns to himself. Today, he turns 36 years old, and some quick math shows that if you take into account the year 2006—which was the year he first became officially active in the music scene—and subtract the current year from that number, you get the conclusion that he has been in the game for 15 years. So to honor and underscore Wande Coal’s inspirational work in the Nigerian music scene, which was encapsulated by Mayorkun on Davido’s The Best with the line, “Shey you sing pass Wande Coal?,” in this list, we give a brief rundown of some musicians he has inspired with references from their words to their flows.

2. Fireboy DML

Musicians inspired by Wande Coal

The performance that Fireboy DML gave on Peru, which embodied the latter so much that every listener has stories of surprise and disbelief upon finding out that Fireboy’s Peru was devoid of a Wande Coal feature, is the best example of Fireboy DML’s unwavering love for Wande Coal, who he has described as his idol. To this day, there are still fans who insist that Wande Coal was merely featured in the background of the song as a hoax to throw off listeners.

3. Musicians inspired by Wande Coal: Oxlade

Musicians inspired by Wande Coal

Not too long ago, Notjustok had a short conversation with Oxlade titled “Fan Affairs,” in order to get the gist on his experiences with fans. When we asked him what star he’d be starstruck by if he met, Oxlade’s unwavering answer, despite already having met him, remained Wande Coal. This is despite the fact that Oxlade has met him.

In fact, Oxlade disclosed in an interview that Wande Coal was the person who initially motivated him to pursue a career in music “My inspiration for singing comes from Wande.

My participation in Mushin to Mo’Hits was the impetus behind my decision to record some music in a studio.” The influence of the Black Diamond can be heard in Oxlade’s music, particularly in the form of a core-hitting falsetto that touches on themes of love and vulnerability. Their crystal-clear vocals provide a similar context.

4. Davido

Davido Wande Coal

Davido tells us that he learned from the best, himself, in the song “The Best,” which also features Mayorkun and a cameo appearance from Wande Coal himself. However, prior to that moment, Davido had also stayed with Wande Coal in his house, and the latter served as a role model to the megastar during that time. During an interview with Vibe magazine, Wande Coal revealed this information, saying, “Davido dropped out of school in Atlanta and made two trips to my house [in Nigeria] using the money he was supposed to use for his school fees.” Wande Coal also revealed that he had bestowed upon Davido his well-known moniker and salute, which is ‘OBO.’

 

5. Musicians inspired by Wande Coal: Reekado Banks

Reekado Banks

When Reekado Banks first emerged on the music scene, he immediately made a splash and quickly established himself as a major player, The fact that he was given the Headies Next Rated award in 2016, which demonstrates that both his voice and his artistry are truly one of a kind, The singer discussed the ways in which Wande Coal has been an influence on him during an interview with Bolanle Austen-Peters of Terra Kulture. He emphasized that Wande Coal was “one of the first persons I really fell in love with his music.” He said this with great conviction. I wanted to feel more of what he was doing, so I got creative with that sound. I liked what he was doing, and I wanted to feel more of what he was doing.

 

6. Teni

Teni

The singer is also known by the names Teni Makanaki and Teni the Entertainer, among other names. She has established herself as a veritable force in the world of entertainment with her honeyed blend of Afropop and highlife, which she mentions was inspired by Fuji and Afrojuju legends Kwam 1 and Shina Peters as well as Afropop legend Wande Coal. Other names for the singer include Teni Makanaki and Teni the Entertainer.

With two generations of Nigerian music greats linked to him, honorable mention being emerging act, YKB, formerly known as Yusufkanbai, and speculation surrounding the cadence of Peruzzi and Barry Jhay being on the long list of acts who have been inspired by the Nigerian born, Black Diamond, it remains without a doubt that Wande Coal has contributed immensely to the growth of Afrobeats as well as Afropop with an unquestionable legacy. YKB is an honorable mention We at Notjustok would like to wish Wande Coal a happy birthday!