Sensational Nigerian musician Burna Boy has clarified some misconceptions around his type of music.
In contrast to the description given to it, he claims that his musical genre is Afro-Fusion rather than Afrobeats.
He made this clarification in an interview in the United States, which was monitored by 1Family Radio.
Fela Kuti, a late music icon, is credited with creating the “Afrobeat” sound; however, he has no idea who or where the term “Afrobeats” came from. This was said in response to a question regarding the distinctions between his style of music and Afrobeats.
“Afrobeat is Fela Kuti. The African legend is called Fela Kuti. That’s Afrobeat. Those who adopted his style needed to call it something to be able to identify it. And somehow, they just said Afrobeat and added an S.’’
He continued, “I have no idea about it. Maybe it’s the UK, or maybe I don’t know who. But it wasn’t Afrobeats.’’
Afro-fusion, a synthesis of various sounds that embody the African experience, is Burna Boy’s musical style, he noted.
“So for me, it’s like when I started the Afro-Fusion thing, there was nothing that I could identify myself with.’’
“So I just said, You know what? I’ll call it afro-fusion. Because it’s a fusion of everything, really. And the Africaness is the bottle that holds the whole drink,’’ he noted.