In the dynamic landscape of Nigerian music, prominent Afrobeats superstar, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, recently ignited an intense discussion around the topic of stardom and the evolution of the music industry. Notably, he expressed his delight at the emergence of new artists, such as Burna Boy, Rema, Fireboy, Mayorkun, and Asake, who are all currently making their mark in the industry. The first spark of this fascinating discourse originated from an interview featuring Davido that rapidly spread across social media platforms last Thursday.
Elevating the dialogue to a more personal level, the singer, known for his popular catchphrase “30 Billion Gang” (30BG), emphasized his own journey alongside fellow artist, Wizkid, as they were the first young Nigerian artists to achieve stardom. Their ascendance in the music industry not only provided inspiration for upcoming musicians but also paved the way for the recent proliferation of talented young Nigerian artists. It is this flourishing wave of musical talent that is bringing an invigorating freshness to the Afrobeats genre.
As Davido explained in the viral interview, “Wizkid and I were the first young artists to blow up and it feels good seeing new cats like Burna Boy, Rema, Fireboy, Mayorkun, a lot of new cats coming, killing it…Asake, who was on my album. So, yes, I think the future of Afrobeat is in good hands.” His words emphasize a sense of pride and positive anticipation for the future of the Afrobeats genre, showcasing the belief in the potential of these emerging artists.
However, this statement from Davido has not been without controversy, sparking a heated debate across social media platforms. The crux of the contention lies in the mention of Burna Boy, a Grammy-award-winning artist, alongside newer, still-emerging musicians. Several of Burna Boy’s fans have taken issue with this, calling out Davido for seemingly placing the Grammy-award-winning artist on the same level as these budding artists. The dissension points to the complexity and diversity of perspectives within the music industry and its audience, and how this diversity shapes the narrative of stardom in the Afrobeats genre.