Nigerian singer Damini Ogulu, known as Burna Boy, has expressed his frustration with the fact that a significant number of his fellow Nigerians don’t acknowledge his stature to be on par with American music icons.
In response to the persistent scepticism and attempts to undermine him, both at the outset of his career and presently, Burna Boy has revealed that his upcoming album, titled “I Told Them…,” serves as his nonchalant retort to these doubters.
This response was made during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
The self-proclaimed “African Giant” has voiced his disappointment about how Nigerians tend to elevate emerging American rappers above him in terms of recognition and esteem.
He shared, “Even now, there are many Nigerians who could readily mention a recently launched American rapper and assert that they’re more prominent than Burna Boy. It’s perplexing. They just can’t fathom it. They’ll argue, ‘There’s absolutely no way that someone who sounds like me could even come close to the status of an American artist.'”
Burna Boy went on to comment on how American songs used to dominate the playlists of Nigerian media outlets. However, he highlighted that this dynamic has shifted, largely due to the surge in popularity of afrobeats music.
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