Fela Kuti was known worldwide as the king of Afrobeat. No one ever doubted or questioned the talent and creativity he introduced to the entertainment industry as a whole.
He produced about 50 albums of politically conscious music that enraged the Nigerian government and defended universal struggles of the working class, earning himself comparisons to Bob Marley.
The musical Legend “Fela” premiered off-Broadway in New York in 2008 and moved to Broadway the following year. Since its debut, more than a million people have seen the production across the United States and England, and it has racked up three Tony Awards.
Burna Boy’s fourth album lands in this powerful spotlight, continuing the singer’s boundary-hopping mixture of laid-back Caribbean swagger, Fela Kuti swing and ability to speak different languages fluently
Recent single “Dangote” is a typically Fela vibe and a refix from one of Fela’s old singles. Its title hints at Africa’s richest man while the lyrics mull the need for ordinary people to hustle.
Eighteen more tracks flow along this oppressive stillness groove, interrupted occasionally by a skit, an awesome high tempo.
Another Story recounts the founding of Nigeria as imperial business deal; the Niger Company eventually became Unilever.
No one is actually is against him using Fela’s vibe but its getting too much. He has actually adopted the system since he came into existence. He wouldn’t get much attention if top artistes like ‘Wizkid‘ did not shift everyone’s attention to it back then.
Wizkid gave us a feel of Fela back then when he sang “Jaiye Jaiye” that was a real and pure Fela vibe and he sang just few songs in such a lane.
‘Falz‘ also did such with his “Moral Instruction” album but his was mixed with his own unique style and creativity.
This Might have prompted Burna Boy to sing “Soke” To reintroduce him again. This is even reflected in his style of dressing, well I thought you noticed too in his lifestyle.
Burna Boy’s career has been full of Fela infused vibes. This has Made almost everyone doubt if he really has much to offer the industry without Baba Fela’s impact in the industry. Does he really have that creative ability, does he really have that talents, or he just has the ability to imitate in a creative way.
There is absolutely no big deal if we celebrate those who pave way for us tho but do you think Burna Boy is only taking advantage of the fact that we do not focus closely on knowing if those who we celebrate are actually worth celebrating or rather, we should switch attention to those who have something new to offer and say
So Guys, We have some questions for you here
Do You Think Burna Boy Will Be As Relevant As He Is If Baba Fela Never Existed?
Do You Think He Should Try To Prove Us Wrong By Offering Us Something Different?
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