Fireboy DML Declares He Is Not An Afrobeats Artist

Fireboy DML is making headlines after appearing on CNN’s African Voices segment on Sunday, August 27th. He argues in the interview that he does not identify as an Afrobeats artist, despite the fact that he is widely referred to as one. Instead, he regards himself as an African artist.

Fireboy DML, born Adedamola Oyinlola Adefolahan, exploded onto the Nigerian music scene with his successful track, Jealous. This song first appeared on YBNL Nation’s joint album, YBNL Mafia Family (2018), before being re-released as a single in March 2019. The song combines African indigenous sounds with soul elements.

Firebox DML launched his debut album, Laughter, Tears, and Goosebumps, after the success of his first track and two others that followed it quickly. To rapturous reviews, it was released on November 29, 2019. His sophomore album, “Apollo,” was released the next year, in 2020. The album received an 8.3 out of 10 rating on Pitchfork at the time of release.

Following the release of the album, Fireboy DML and Ed Sheehan’s magnificent duet, Peru, came through and became an instant hit. Despite the fact that Fireboy labels his music as “Afro-life,” according to his Wikipedia profile, he disputes that he is an Afrobeats musician. Several music and fan pages uploaded a footage of the interview earlier today on X.

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