Heavyweight Nigerian artist David Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido, has shared his thoughts on how Canadian rapper Drake has contributed to the global popularity of Afrobeats. With superstars like Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, and others selling out arenas all over the world, there is no doubt that the genre is currently the most popular and in-demand in the entire world.
When asked about Drake’s impact on the popularity of Afrobeats in a recent appearance on the Bootleg Kev Podcast, award-winning artist Davido made it plain that the genre was already quite popular before Drake got involved. One of the biggest international artists to embrace Afrobeats was Grammy Award winner Drake, who collaborated with Skepta on Wizkid’s “Ojuelegba remix” and incorporated the genre into his mega hit “One Dance,” which also featured Wizkid and has now gone 6x platinum in the UK.
Drake, according to the presenter, has the power to take any genre by storm, and his engagement with Afrobeats helped spread the genre throughout the world. Davido concurred with that assertion, but felt that Afrobeats was already well-known. The “Unavailable” singer added that certain Afrobeat pioneers had already entered American markets prior to Drake’s engagement. D’Banj, 2Face, and P-Square were mentioned by Davido as the pioneers who set the stage for artists like himself.
Watch the full interview below.