In a recent wave of interviews, Afrobeats superstar David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has stirred up the music industry with his comments about the rise of young Nigerian artists. Davido boldly stated that he and Wizkid were the first young artists to achieve stardom, paving the way for the current generation of musicians.
Davido’s remarks have sparked a flurry of reactions on social media, with some fans agreeing with his perspective while others have taken umbrage at his categorization of Grammy Award-winning singer Burna Boy as a ‘new cat’. The controversy has been further fueled by Davido’s comparison of Burna Boy with newer artists such as Rema, Asake, and Mayorkun.
In his interviews, Davido expressed his excitement at the success of these ‘new cats’, praising their contributions to the global spread of Afrobeats. He specifically acknowledged Mayorkun and Asake for their performances on his latest album, “Timeless”, which has garnered several certifications due to its millions of streams.
However, the debate has not been one-sided. Many fans of Burna Boy have voiced their displeasure at Davido’s comments, arguing that Burna Boy’s achievements should not be diminished by being grouped with newer artists. Others have pointed out that Burna Boy and Davido both emerged on the music scene around the same time, in 2012, challenging the notion that Burna Boy is a ‘new cat’.
Despite the controversy, Davido’s comments have sparked a broader conversation about the evolution of the Afrobeats genre and the role of different artists in its growth. As the debate continues, one thing is clear: the future of Afrobeats, in the hands of both its pioneers and ‘new cats’, remains bright and promising.