Travel Noire got the opportunity to sit down with Davido and discuss the importance of merging Nigerian and American cultures. When Davido released his debut album “Omo Baba Olowo” in 2012, Afrobeats had just begun to gain worldwide mainstream recognition. His album catapulted him to fame and immediately garnered him fans across Africa, Europe, and North America. Many people, both at home and abroad, relished Davido’s authenticity and his ability to give his lyrics an added edge by singing in the Yoruba language of Western Nigeria. There was a time when many Nigerian artists sang songs with tunes, lyrics, and intonations inspired directly by North America, with no indication of Afro influence, but Davido was one of the pioneers who brought African music to the world stage by using Afrobeats as an anchor. He attributes his love for African culture and language to his upbringing. Despite growing up in an affluent background, the now 29-year-old says his parents never allowed him to sway away from his cultural roots.