Davido Dumps AfroBeats, Names Style ‘Afro Fusion’

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David Adeleke, also known as Davido is the latest Nigerian singer to denounce Afrobeats, following in the footsteps of Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Fireboy.

On the newest episode of the Business Untitled Podcast, the singer criticized the “boxing” of all African artists into the Afrobeats genre, regardless of musical style.

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 artist sings pure R&B, sounding like SZA, Summer Walker, they put them under Afrobeats. If an African rapper rapping like Drake, they still put them under Afrobeats.

 “I am not offended when we’ve been categorized as Afrobeats. I mean, we need a genre. It could be R&B or Afropop. I call my music Afro Fusion but I’m not big on ‘O put Afrofusion on my song.’ I know how long it took for African music to become mainstream.”