Grammy winning Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has asserted that the afro beats genre lacks lyrical substance, stressing that it is just a great time.
Burna Boy stated this in a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in New York.
The self praised “Africa Giant” said that, “90 per cent of Nigerian musicians have no real life experiences, which is why most of Nigerian music or African music or afro beats as people call it, is mostly about nothing, literally nothing”.
“There is no substance to it like; nobody is talking about anything in it. It is just a great time. It’s an amazing time. But at the end of the day, life is not an amazing time. No matter how nice of a time you are having now or you had at some point or you plan to have, you are still going to face life”.
He added that, “So, for me, I feel like music should be the essence of the artiste. The artiste is a person who has good day, bad day, his great days and worst days. So, I’m dropping a project that should be a window for the fans to see those experiences.”
Burna Boy has always stressed that his genre of music is not afro-beats but “Afro-Fusion” which he said is a fusion of afro beat, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and dancehall.