Burna Boy says it’s not fair to group African music under ‘Afrobeats’
Burna Boy has said that he is responsible for the creation of Afro-fusion.
The artist made the comments on September 8, 2020, in a virtual interview on Hot 97 New York show Ebro In The Morning.
During the show, Burna talked about his latest album Twice as Tall, what it was like working with Diddy, and more.
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When asked why he prefers his sound to be called ‘Afro-fusion’ rather than ‘Afrobeats’, he replied:
“Afro-fusion is me, I created that. The same way Afrobeat is Fela Kuti – he created that, you know. I don’t play every instrument… I’m not Fela, basically. I’m Burna Boy and we go about things very differently. It’s a different genre, it just comes from Africa basically.”
According to the singer, using the term ‘Afrobeats’ an umbrella for African music is “not fair”.
“It’s not fair to just join everybody… It’s almost like joining Hip-Hop, R&B, and Dancehall into one thing and call it ‘Ameribeats.’ It doesn’t do justice to what’s really going on, but at the same time, we have to start from somewhere.”
Watch the interview below:
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