Burna Boy: Afrofusion and Afrobeat are Not the Same

Osaretin Balogban

Nigerian singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy has discerned his style of music from the popular Nigerian music genre called Afrobeat.

The Grammy award winner said this on a podcast, The Million Dollaz Worth of Game show, hosted by King Gille and Wallace Peeples.

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The singer explained that African music consists of different genres and they are all wrongly categorized as Afrobeats by the general populace.
He further stated that the already deceased afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti, represents afrobeat itself but then the letter ‘s’ was wrongly added to it, then all other African music genres were now added to it and were all termed Afrobeats.

“Afrobeat is a legend called Fela Kuti but some persons decided to add the letter ‘s’ to the now globally celebrated music genre and began classifying every African music as Afrobeats”.

The Nigerian superstar also clarified that his style of music is called Afro-fusion and should not be called Afrobeat. He also stated that other African music genres should not be called Afrobeats because it discredits the hard work of other African artists.

“We have Highlife, Juju music, Fuji music, South African Kwaeto music, Amapiano, Afropop, we have all types of genres in Africa. To be really sincere, for you to just call everything Afrobeats is kind of a disservice to the artists”.

“I can’t accept that because I’m not a rapper. So now in Africa when you talk about music, the first thing they say is Afrobeats. Afrobeat is a legend called Fela Kuti.

He also mentioned on the podcast, why he chose to label his type of music Afrofusion. He named it Afrofusion because it’s the fusion of every other African genre into his music.

“It was like everybody else kind of sounded the same. It was one kind of move and for me, there was nothing I could identify myself with”.

“So, I just decided that I’ll call it Afrofusion because it’s a fusion of everything. The Afro-Africaness is the thing that covers it.”

source: The Nation

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