Adasa Cookey, the music video director, and Leriq, the producer of Burna Boy’s hit song ‘Like To Party,’ have both responded to a recent statement made by Davido about the globalisation of the Afrobeats sound. In an interview with Brut Afrique, Davido claimed that he and Wizkid initiated the trend of globalising Afrobeats before other artists, whom he referred to as the ‘New Cats,’ including Burna Boy, Rema, Asake, and others, took it to the next level.
This statement sparked a flurry of reactions from fans, music journalists, other artists, and close associates of Burna Boy. Adasa Cookey, who directed the visuals for Burna Boy’s ‘Like to Party,’ shared his reaction on social media. He posted, “I shot this in 2012. Over a decade later he is so relevant that he’s still a ‘New Cat.'”
Similarly, Leriq, who has produced some of Burna Boy’s biggest hits while being signed to Aristokrat Records and even to date, also shared his thoughts on the interview. He wrote on his social media platform, “If you know, you know… if you no know, you no know! Some no even know say dem no know … worst!”
The comments from both Adasa Cookey and Leriq highlight the longevity and relevance of Burna Boy in the music industry. Despite being active for over a decade, Burna Boy continues to be a significant figure in the Afrobeats scene, contributing to its global popularity.
Davido’s statement and the subsequent reactions it has garnered underscore the dynamic and evolving nature of the Afrobeats genre. As the genre continues to gain global recognition, the contributions of various artists, both old and new, are being acknowledged and celebrated.