Burna Boy, an award-winning musician from Nigeria, has come under attack from some members of the public after he diminished the value of Afrobeats in an interview.
The issue arose after the artists stated that the widely recognized sound of Afrobeat was meaningless and lacking substance in an Apple Music interview with American DJ Zane Lowe.
He claimed that because most musicians have not had African experiences, they cannot produce quality music.
”Not even experience, as 90% of them have essentially no real-life experiences that they can relate to, which is why you hear so much African or, more specifically, Nigerian music. I am at a loss for words. As for Afrobeats, you might describe them as being basically about nothing. Nothing at all. Nobody is discussing anything,” he declared.
He continued by saying that a good artist should be able to depict many experiences with their skill, which was monitored by 1Family Radio.
“In my opinion, a musician’s music should be their essence. Do you understand? Speaking for myself, I’d say that the artist is someone who experiences good days, awful days, great days, and worst of all, you know what I mean? And as for me, let me give you an example. Given that this has both my name and my face, I should be providing you with that experience. Yeah. You get what I’m saying? You should be able to see part of that essence through the window,” he continued.
However, many people on social media took issue with Burna Boy’s comment, criticizing him for straying from his roots and disparaging the work of others.
‘’Burna Boy needs to apologize to Africans for talking down on Afrobeats,’’ one user posted.