- Brymo has set the internet ablaze with his no-holds-barred criticism of fellow artists Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido, who have been flaunting their self-proclaimed titles as Afrobeats kings.
- During a recent interview, the ‘Ara’ sensation didn’t pull any punches as he went after Burna Boy, taking issue with his recent remarks about Afrobeats
Ọlawale Ọlọfọrọ who is better known as Brymo, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, sonic artist, actor and author, didn’t mince words when he lambasted fellow artists Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Davido, slamming them as “thieves” when it comes to the Afrobeats style.
In a candid interview with TVC News, Brymo started by labeling the Grammy-winning artist Damini Ogulu, widely known as Burna Boy, as being cheap, lacking originality, and even fake.
He went on to accuse the self-proclaimed African Giant of theft, asserting that every song Burna Boy releases is essentially a borrowed sample from other artists, with many of his catchphrases being stolen too.
The ‘Ara’ singer, clearly bewildered by how the ‘Last Last’ hitmaker secured a Grammy for this genre, humorously quipped that Burna Boy appears to view himself as the ‘Jesus’ of Afrobeat.
Brymo emphasized that Afrobeats should be considered a music style rather than a genre, drawing a distinction between it and Afrobeat as pioneered by the late Fela Kuti.
He went on to argue that Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Davido are essentially musical thieves, appropriating Fela’s music genre and rebranding it with an “S” to Afrobeat, without recognizing the immense effort Fela put into creating it.
The 37-year-old singer contended that the younger generation of artists undermines established genres by merely renaming what previous generations had painstakingly crafted, rather than building upon that legacy.
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This is coming after Burna Boy claimed he pioneered a new genre of music called afrofusion because he did not want to be boxed into the popular West African genre, afrobeats.
In an interview with American media outlet, Complex, the self-styled “African Giant” said he does not believe in genres.