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Burna Boy Explains Differences Between Him And Late Fela Kuti In Terms Of Sound


African Giant was entertained on the Hot97 New York show, “Ebro in The Morning” where he talked about on why he is different from Fela Kuti.

Burna Boy talked concerning his album, Twice as Tall, working with Diddy and others. But one moment that really stood out was when Burna Boy was asked why he regards his sound to be ‘Afro-fusion’ rather than ‘Afrobeats.’

He said,

“Afro-fusion is me, I created that. The same way Afrobeat is Fela Kuti – he created that, you know. I don’t play every instrument… I’m not Fela, basically. I’m Burna Boy and we go about things very differently. It’s a different genre, it just comes from Africa basically.”

The singer thinks using Afrobeats as an umbrella term for African music is not fair.

“It’s not fair to just join everybody… It’s almost like joining Hip-Hop, R&B and Dancehall into one thing and call it ‘Ameribeats.’ It doesn’t do justice to what’s really going on, but at the same time, we have to start from somewhere.” He added.

The singer also discussed pan-Africanism and Afrocentrism. Burna Boy also revealed that he wanted Coldplay on ‘Monsters You Made’ but ended up getting Chris Martin.

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