“I AM NOT FELA….” – BURNA BOY SPEAKS OUT

On September 8, Nigerian Superstar “Burna boy” was interviewed via virtual means on Hot97 New York show where he shared his vision of a United African Diaspora and also threw more light on his new album “Twice as tall” where he worked with Diddy and more.

While speaking to the host, the Afro-fusion star revealed diddy executive-produced the whole album in his home at los-angeles while he was quarantining in London.

“It was actually quite interesting. He’s a legend. I mean, he’s a larger-than-life guy, you know? That was a real experience for me especially because we had to do it all over Zoom like we’re doing now. So, imagine nights and nights of this,” he said.

“Puff will be in a studio, and then we’d be on Zoom. It’s wild. We had to kind of create the same environments in different places at the same time.”

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But one illustration that stuck was when the host “Ebro Darren” asked what differentiates his music which he calls Afro-fusion from Afro-beats.

He said;

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.”

"I AM NOT FELA...." - BURNA BOY SPEAKS OUT
Burna boy

Ebro furthered the question to bring attention to recent criticisms from African artists who feel music from the continent is being lumped under the Afrobeats genre.

“‘It’s not fair to just join everybody into [one genre],” the “Ye” artist added “It’s almost like putting hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall in the same category. It doesn’t do justice to what’s really going on, you know? But at the same time, man, it’s like we have to start from somewhere.”

To further his point, Ebro noted how Burna Boy has been using his music and platform to build a bridge between the various communities of the African diaspora.

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“I feel like if I don’t do it, then who will? I’m someone who is always known that the only way to achieve victory is to come together. Divided, that’s how we’ve always been conquered. Because of our division. That’s the main source. To this day, it happens anywhere we go,” the singer-songwriter elaborated. “We migrated to the Americas, even though it was unwillingly. We migrated to the UK, Europe, and everywhere we go, we still have problems with our brothers across the street. There’s problems, there’s gangs fighting against each other. Before, it was tribes against tribes. It’s been the root of our problems from the beginning of time. It’s beautiful because diversity is always beautiful but at the same time it’s a weakness.”

Check out the interview below as Burna boy had alot to say concerning the issues facing Nigeria…

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