Davido Joins Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Fireboy in Distancing from Afrobeats Label

Davido joins a growing list of Nigerian artists, including Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Fireboy, who are distancing themselves from the “Afrobeats” label.

During an interview on the Business Untitled Podcast, Davido expressed his frustration with the way all African artists are lumped into the Afrobeats category, regardless of their unique musical styles.

He said, “The first place that accepted African music outside Africa is the UK before America later join. The UK termed African music Afrobeats.

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“Afrobeat is a sound that was originally pioneered by Fela Kuti. But now all African songs are termed Afrobeats. If an African artiste sings pure R&B, sounding like SZA, Summerwalker, they put them under Afrobeats. If an African rapper rapping like Drake, they still put them under Afrobeats.

“I don’t get offend when we’ve been categorised as Afrobeats. I mean, we need a genre. It could be R&B or Afropop. I call my music Afrofusion but I’m not big on ‘O put Afrofusion on my song.’ I know how long it took for African music to become mainstream.”

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