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International News: Afrobeats artiste Burna Boy draws ire for denigrating fellow musicians

Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2023. 3:26 pm CST.

By Celeste Chang: Nigerian Afrobeats artiste Burna Boy, full name Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, has once again found himself in the news for all the wrong reasons.

The man known as “The African Giant” told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in New York City that most Nigerian songs lacked substance and that Nigerian artists talk about nothing in their songs.

The African Giant, as Burna Boy is sometimes referred to, in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in New York, claimed that

He was quoted as saying that “90 percent of them (Nigerian musicians) have no real life experiences which is why most of Nigerian music or African music or Afrobeats as people call it, is mostly about nothing, literally nothing…There is no substance to it — like, nobody is talking about anything in it. It is just a great time. It’s an amazing time. But at the end of the day, life is not an amazing time. No matter how nice of a time you are having now or you had at some point or you plan to have, you are still going to face life.”

Earlier this year, Grammy winner Davido classified Burna Boy and some other artists as ‘new cats’ in the entertainment industry.

And he was ruthlessly knocked on social media for tearing down fellow artistes and painting himself as the messiah of Nigerian music, some saying he had managed to create more enemies for himself.

Critic Charles Kumolu posted, “Yes, no doubt, Burna Boy owns this moment in Afrobeat. His stage presence and delivery are magnetic. This is his time! However, always talking down on his constituency (Nigerians) doesn’t make him the bigger man. It reduces him as a boastful character who feels he has got all. On his latest gaffe regarding the quality of other Afrobeat songs, Burna needs to be reminded that his songs ain’t different either. It’s the same as those he seeks to diminish..”

 

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