Adekunle Gold divides his time between Los Angeles and Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, where he was born. That says a lot about the current status of afrobeats. This blend of African pop with hip-hop and R&B is taking the world of music by storm with crown jewels such as Burna Boy, Divido and Wizkid. This is only going to gather pace now that Spotify is, from 2021, available in 38 African countries. Adekunle Gold is in the driving seat. He grew up with old Nigerian masters such as King Sunny Adé and Ebenezer Obey and made his debut in 2014 with 'Sade', a remodelling of 'Story of my Life' by One Direction. He is gradually evolving from traditional pop to a more sophisticated sound, and the status of export product. His great dream? To collaborate with Bruno Mars.