Nigerian Afro Dance-hall singer, Burna Boy prior to his last UK show, did an interview with BeatFM, London where he talked about his music, previous shows and how music should be considered successful, how afro beat died with Fela.
The ‘Gbona’ crooner says in the interview that he is shocked as to why people judge the success of music on the number of streams it amasses rather than the impact the song makes on the lives of people. After the interviewer talked about music being judged by numbers, Burna boy disagreed and asked why it should be so. In his words, he says ” why don’t you care about music, why do you care about numbers, do you listen to numbers, do you get feelings from numbers, when you look at numbers what feelings do you get?”
He further went on to say “Why do you have to measure with numbers? You should measure with like, how many lives I’ve touched or like how many songs i have inspired…”
Burna Boy also revealed that there is no artiste anywhere that does Afro-beat, he said Afro-Beat should only be attributed to Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and no one else. He further said that what other artistes do is afro-fusion, afro-swing etc. In his words he says “Afro-Beat is not what you are hearing today, that’s not Afro-Beat. Afro-Beat is one person and one person only and that’s Fela Anikulapo-Kuti…”
Burna boy did not only stop there, he also talks about why it is important for an artiste to go back to his root (home country) in order to be accepted outside of it. He says “You have to go and see, and know and understand and become…”
Watch full interview below: