Popular Afrobeats Star Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, widely known as Burna Boy, has come under fire for his stance on the Afrobeat music movement.
Speaking in an interview with New Zealand media personality Zane Lowe, the Like To Party crooner gave a scathing review of the raving music genre which seems to have defied the odds by rising from the ashes to the peak of the world’s music ladder.
The interview centered on his music career so far and his upcoming album titled I told you.
Talking about the inspiration for the album title, the Port Harcourt indigene stated that it is aimed at all those who doubted him and never believed in his abilities when he was a budding artiste, especially Nigerians.
“Yeah, but most especially you know they say a lot of times, that prophet is not really recognized in his own home, and yeah, this one is for the part of my own home and the people in my own home who didn’t believe or doubt it, or still doubt it, or any type of thing.
“No, I mean, so this is and not just them, it’s like everyone that ever heard me speak in the past or when I first started, you know. You can go back to my old tweets and stuff. Like I basically predicted everything that’s happening now.”
Moving on to his views on Afrobeats in general, the Grammy award winner lamented that the music genre has no substance and is nothing, as majority of the afrobeats singers have no real life experience to draw from.
”I don’t even know what to say! Afrobeats as people call it is mostly about nothing. Literally nothing. There’s no substance to it. Like, nobody is talking about anything,” the singer declared.
The self-titled African Giant’s comment hasn’t gone down well with a large section of the Nigerian music audience and has been a topic of debate for the past 24 hours, sitting on the topmost spot on the Twitter trend list.
Burna Boy’s incoming album, I Told Them, drops on Friday this week, making it the seventh studio project from the stalwart musician so far.