Damini Ogulu, nicknamed Burna Boy, a Grammy-winning Nigerian artist, has claimed that the afrobeat genre lacks lyrical content and is “just a great time.”
According to him, the genre is “literally nothing.”
This was stated by the self-styled “African Giant” in a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in New York.
He stated, “90% of them [Nigerian musicians] have no real life experiences, which is why most Nigerian music, African music, or afro beats as people call it, is mostly about nothing, literally nothing.”
“There’s no substance to it; nobody’s talking about anything in it.” It’s simply a wonderful moment. It’s an incredible time. But, at the end of the day, life is not an awesome moment. You will face life regardless of how good a time you are having now, had previously, or plan to have in the future.
“So, in my opinion, music should be the essence of the artist.” An artist is a person who has excellent days, awful days, amazing days, and bad days. So, I’m releasing a project that will serve as a portal for fans to observe those experiences.”
The Gist House remembers that Burna Boy has stated that his music is not afro beats but afro-fusion, which he defines as a fusion of afrobeat, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and dancehall.