Two main songs Nigerian-American R&B star, Jidenna loves to listen to are highlife musician Bisa Kdei’s ‘Mansa’ and ‘Brother Brother’.
The two songs, Ghanaian musician producer, Nana Kwabena Tuffuor, who has worked with the R&B star, revealed are part of Jidenna’s favourites.
Jidenna, born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, took the world by storm with his smash hit single ‘Classic Man’. Nana Kwabena Tuffuor co-produced the song which sold over two million records.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Andy Dosty on the Musik Box on Hitz FM, the US-based Ghanaian producer revealed Jidenna enjoys Bisa’s music.
“I’m always playing different tunes…Ghanaian artistes as well. I put him on a lot of different people that he loves too. I think one of the biggest ones that we’ve actually both enjoyed together is Bisa (Kdei)…he is actually a big fan… ‘Mansa’…”
“I remember actually when I came back two years ago and I put him one ‘Brother Brother’, we just had that playing in the crib for months,” he revealed.
In 2015, ‘Classic Man’ was nominated for the Best Rap/Song Collaboration at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. Nana Tuffuor also co-produced ‘Made To Love’ by John Legend and Janelle Monáe’s ‘Yoga’ featuring Jidenna.
Jidenna and Nana Kwabena Tuffuor
According to him, Jidenna is currently planning on working with a couple of Ghanaian and Nigerian artistes.
Going back into time, Nana Tuffuor revealed that the first record he produced was by Tinny and Samini ‘Now I Know’ in 2007. He also worked on ‘Heat It Up’ featuring Irene & Jane also in 2007.
He revealed that “Part of my mission in life is bridge the gap between Africa and the diaspora…never in 100 years have we seen the interest in African music within American mainstream culture…”
Whenever he plays at a party, the producer added, he makes sure he plays Ghanaian songs.
“My advice is not to change anything,” because “I hate it when people are trying to make music that sounds like a track from Atlanta.”
He urged Ghanaian artistes to be authentic because “at the end of the day, a melody is a universal language.”