Jaiye Jaiye

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"Jaiye Jaiye"
Wizkid's Jaiye Jaiye album cover.jpg
Single by Wizkid featuring Femi Kuti
from the album Ayo
ReleasedMay 2, 2013
FormatDigital download
Songwriter(s)Ayodeji Balogun
Wizkid singles chronology
"Slow Down"
"Jaiye Jaiye"
"Only Man She Want (Remix)"
Music video
"Jaiye Jaiye" on YouTube

"Jaiye Jaiye" is a song by Nigerian recording artist Wizkid. It was released on May 2, 2013, serving as the first single from his second studio album, Ayo (2014). It features Grammy nominated Nigerian musician Femi Kuti. The song peaked at number 2 on WorldCrunch,[1] and at 6 on Haba Naija Top 10 Music Chart.[2] Moreover, it peaked at number 10 on Afrobreakers September 2013 Chart.[3] The song was produced by Sarz and mastered by Foster Zeeno.[4][5]

Background and recording[edit]

According to a behind the scenes video uploaded onto YouTube on May 13, 2013, the recording process started when Wizkid called Femi Kuti's sister and asked her if she could get her brother to collaborate with him. Yeni Kuti said she was shocked and surprised when she got a phone call from Wizkid. When she told her brother, he agreed to work with the young CEO. Femi Kuti said he was busy with Nigerian Idol and other projects at the time; he specifically told Wizkid to postpone their recording session. Wizkid and Femi Kuti ended up doing subsequent recording sessions. Femi Kuti went on to say that he puts his best into his music and it's only right that he continues to do that when the likes of Wizkid come around.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Jaiye Jaiye" was released onto YouTube on October 26, 2013, at a total length of 4 minutes and 11 seconds. The video was shot and directed by Sesan in Lagos at the historic shrine. It features a creative cameo from Fela Anikulakpo Kuti.[7][8]

On October 2, 2013, Wizkid uploaded several behind the scene photos of the video shoot onto his Instagram account.[9][10]

Criticial reception[edit]

Upon its release, "Jaiye Jaiye" was met with positive reviews. Ovie O of NotJustOk praised the song, adding: "Everything about this song speaks volumes. The beat progression, Femi's Sax, Wizkid's delivery… near-perfect. Wizkid is the present and the future." OkayAfrica added, "In 'Jaiye Jaiye,' Wizkid gets some staccato saxophone lines from Femi Kuti, riding out the brass melody and Sarz beat with his signature high-pitched croons." [11][12]


The music video for "Jaiye Jaiye" was nominated for Best Music Video of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[13]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Music Video of the year (artist & director) Nominated

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Jaiye Jaiye" (Wizkid featuring Femi Kuti) - 3:47
  1. "Jaiye Jaiye" (Dunnie Acoustic cover) - 3:35

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Nigeria May 2, 2013 Digital download Star Boy Entertainment


  1. ^ "Hit It! What's No. 1 On World's Music Charts". Worldcrunch. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Haba Naija Top 10 Music Chart – Weekend 2nd of August 2013". Haba Naija!. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ "SEPTEMBER 2013 AFROBREAKERS CHART". Nigerian Watch. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. ^ "New Music: WizKid – Jaiye Jaiye ft. Femi Kuti". Jaguda. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  5. ^ "360Recommends: Wizkid – Jaiye Jaiye ft Femi Kuti". Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Wizkid and Femi Kuti, Jaiye-Jaiye (Behind The Scene)". YouTube. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  7. ^ "VIDEO: Wizkid – Jaiye Jaiye ft. Femi Kuti". Notjustok. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Wizkid releases music video for 'Jaiye Jaiye' Ft. Femi Kuti (WATCH)". Africanspotlight. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Photos: Behind The Scenes At WizKid's Jaiye Jaiye Video Shoot". Jaguda. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Wizkid Shoots "Jaiye Jaiye" Video: View Behind-The-Scene Photos". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Wizkid ft Femi Kuti – JAIYE JAIYE". notjustok. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Download "Jaiye Jaiye" by Wizkid feat Femi". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  13. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (31 May 2014). "Pop duo, Skuki, reject Nigerian Entertainment Awards nomination". Premium Times. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  14. ^ Klein, Alyssa (5 March 2014). "Femi Kuti & Wizkid's 'Jaiye Jaiye' Acoustic Cover From Newcomer Dunnie". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 24 April 2014.