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Davido Denounces Afrobeats, Reveals Music Genre

American-born Nigerian Afrobeats singer, David Adeleke, better known as Davido has ditched Afrobeats as he reveals his kind of genre.

The latest development has, however, added Davido to the league of Nigerian artists who have denounced Afrobeats’ music genre.

New Telegraph recalls Wizkid, Burna Boy and Fireboy had recently denounced Afrobeats.

Speaking in the latest edition of the Business Untitled Podcast, the 30BG singer lamented the “boxing” of all African artists into the Afrobeats genre regardless of their musical styles.

He said, “The first place that accepted African music outside Africa was the UK before America later joined. The UK termed African music Afrobeats.


“Afrobeat is a sound that was originally pioneered by Fela Kuti. But now all African songs are termed Afrobeats.

“If an African artiste sings pure R&B, sounding like SZA, Summerwalker, they put them under Afrobeats. If an African rapper raps like Drake, they still put them under Afrobeats.

“I don’t get offended when we’ve been categorised as Afrobeats. I mean, we need a genre. It could be R&B or Afropop.

“I call my music Afrofusion but I’m not big on ‘O put Afrofusion on my song.’ I know how long it took for African music to become mainstream.”

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