‘Don’t Call My Music Afrobeats. Call it Afrofusion.’ – Davido on New York Radio Station
In his debut interview with Ebro Darden of New York top radio station, Hot 97, Davido dished on his career, the first time his song was played in a club, why he chooses Afrofusion over Afrobeats, and more.
The singer revealed that it was D’banj and Wande Coal who encouraged him after he left London. “Your record is doing well,” they said to him. He added that he was around 16 or 17, and that seeing his song played in a club blew his mind. “I was fresh. I was the youngest.”
Davido also told Ebro why he refuses to call his genre of music ‘Afrobeats’. “It is different,” he said.
Recall that the singer successfully completed his final year project last year, and he wrote on an interesting topic which gave insight on what performers like him pass through when they mount the stage.
He went on to articulate popular genres of African music and why he thinks they are different from what he puts out. “I don’t call my [music] Afrobeats, I call it Afrofusion,” he said, “You know the originator of the Afrobeats is Fela. Fela has a sound which I can say has heavy baseline, the Rhodes, brass instrument, [and] the percussion is different.”
The ‘Aye’ singer added that his song ‘Gobe’ is Calypso – Afro mixed with Calypso. “But I feel like the Afrobeats is catchy and has caught wave since time.”
“I can’t really tell you the difference between Afropop and Afrobeats. I know some songs that I won’t call Afrobeats; I would call [them] Afropop or Afrotrap.”
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