DON’T CALL ME LEGEND – WANDE COAL
By Adeniyi Onaara
Nigerian Afrobeats master Wande Coal discusses his forthcoming album, “Legend or No Legend,” with Apple Music Africa Now Radio.
On May 18, 2023, Wande Coal will release his fourth album, “Legend or No Legend.” The eagerly awaited album is intended to serve as a declaration of his veteran status in the field.In an interview with Dada Boy Ehiz on Apple Music Africa Now Radio, Wande Coal revealed that the discussion surrounding his status as a legend in the Nigerian music industry served as the inspiration for the album’s title, “Legend or No Legend.”
The Twitter conversation generated polarizing arguments and the hitmaker wishes to make it emphatically clear that the perception of his status doesn’t bother him.
I don’t use social media in that way all the time, but on one particular day I simply became aware of my phone vibrating. It was on Twitter when I searched through my phone because I couldn’t understand.
Is it OK to refer to Wande Coal as a legend? It then became a problem.
I simply lacked it; instead, I wrote, “Legend or no legend, I just love making music” — that’s it. That’s where I got the idea. It’s entertaining to inquire so I may demonstrate my talents through my songs.
Wande Coal is a pioneering figure of modern Afropop music and he reveals that he takes pride in the fact that his music has impacted a generation of talents and he has been able to hang around long enough to witness it.
“I would say this that’s happening is intentional. Back in the day there was no social media at the time and everyone was fighting for themselves, but with me, I knew music never ends. I already had this knowledge of working with a lot of people, inspiring other people, and trying to learn from other people, so for me, I already knew that everybody was gonna have their shine.
I knew it! So me impacting into their sound is such a great thing, that I’m still here, experiencing everything. It’s a good look, I love it. Everybody’s on fire!”
Speaking on what listeners should expect from his new album Wande Coal stated that the project explores a different, special, and out-of-the-box approach.
“Special, different, outside the box, away from this universe it’ll make sense, pretty much. With the album, the energy is [that] I’m inspiring others. I’m inspiring a lot of people to wake up, fight for themselves and be better people for themselves.”
‘Legend or No Legend’ is set for release on May 18 and listeners will finally get to enjoy new songs from one of Afrobeats’ most gifted artists.