Rema Claims Afrobeats Hall Of Fame Status

As an African proverb suggests, you should applaud yourself if no one else does. Divine “Rema” Ikubor, one of Nigeria’s sensational Afrobeats artists, has blown his trumpet and expressed his opinion that should he choose to step away from music today, he has garnered enough recognition to be inducted into the Afrobeats Hall of Fame. The singer, who most recently sang at the 2023 Ballon d’Or, stated that even if he had chosen to take a break from music for the time being, he would still be duly recognized as a trailblazer in the “Afrobeats Bible.”

Rema graced the cover of i-D Magazine’s fourth edition of The New Wave, where he shared his thoughts on his success.

“I’m not saying I want to stop. But if I say I want to stop right now, my name is still going to be on the Afrobeats Bible, if there is an Afrobeats Bible to be dropped. I’ll literally be in the New Testament, on the front page.”

The young musician recounted how he faced criticism from fans for his music, including “Calm Down,” a Bollywood-like soundtrack, in his rise to prominence in 2019, but he also saw it as an opportunity to embrace his unique style and showcase his cultural influences.

“Everything they doubted, everything they laughed at me for, I built on it. They called me an Indian Boy; I went to India. I’m the first artist to shut down four cities in India with a capacity of 5000 and above. No one can deny that I’ve impacted Afrobeats on a global scale,”

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