Seun Kuti revisits the age-old debate about why he (and many other Nigerians) do not think Nigerian Afrobeat kings Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy will ever be more significant than his father and criticizes their lifestyle.
In his post, Seun Kuti sheds light on his perspective, emphasizing that while Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy have achieved significant success in the music industry, they lack the depth and political consciousness that defined his father’s music, especially as they still refer to his lyrics to make great hits. He argues that their focus on materialism and extravagant lifestyles detracts from the revolutionary essence of Afrobeat, which was rooted in addressing societal issues and advocating for change.
For some time now, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Davido have been the targets of Seun Kuti’s persistent trolling, and it doesn’t look like he will stop anytime soon. His father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who he feels does not receive enough credit for his contribution to the genre, is still very much responsible for everything they are now, in his opinion. Seun claims in a lengthy piece that you cannot surpass someone you are continually stealing from, such as Fela. Seun adds that the comparisons others make are irrelevant until Fela reappears and appropriates parts of their lyrics.
Seun Kuti has also criticized African singers, particularly those like Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy, known for donning pricey diamond-encrusted jewellery, arguing that their fashion choices continue to be indicative of slavery. He spoke to them in a video, revealing that the diamonds on the chains were mined by Westerners using the blood and sweat of African labourers.