Popular singer and Grammy Award winner, Burna Boy has stated that his music is AfroFusion, not AfroBeats, as many people mistakenly label his style.
In a recent interview on the Million Dollar Worth of Game podcast, the singer clarified why he should not be referred to as an Afrobeats artist.
He added that labelling all African music as Afrobeats is unfair because African songs include a variety of music genres such as Juju, Fuji, and many others.
He said: “For me, it’s like the same way you’re going to say Nas is an R&B singer because he’s from America or Whitney Houston was a rapper because rap is the most popping thing now, I can’t accept that because I’m not a rapper. So now in Africa when you talk about music, the first thing they say is Afrobeats. Afrobeat is a legend called Fela Kuti.
Years went by and Nigerian musicians started dropping music that was becoming something. So they needed to call it something to be able to identify with it.
We have Highlife, Juju music, Fuji music, South African Kwaeto music, Amapiano, and Afropop, we have all types of genres in Africa. To be sincere, for you to just call everything Afrobeats kind of does a disservice to the artistes”.