Koffi Idowu Nuel, the well-known Nigerian comedian, often referred to as Koffi, has boldly claimed that singer Tekno is the originator of afrobeats. According to Koffi, afrobeats could not make a mark on the international stage until Tekno infused it with “samples and bounces.” He highlighted Tekno’s role as the producer behind Davido’s hit track ‘IF,’ which he believes was “the very first afrobeats song to gain international recognition.”
In a recent interview with Galaxy TV, the comedian stated that Tekno’s significance in the genre was somewhat overlooked when he faced health issues.
Koffi expressed his viewpoint as follows: “Tekno is the man who can be credited with the creation of afrobeats. Challenge me, argue with me, and I will passionately defend this assertion. Before afrobeats achieved global recognition, artists were experimenting to discover its captivating sound. However, Tekno introduced those distinctive sampling sounds and rhythmic bounces that defined it.”
Koffi pointed out that Tekno’s track ‘Pana’ and its accompanying music video had a significant impact, capturing people’s attention. “Then he passed the torch to Davido, contributing the beats for ‘If’ and ‘Fall,’ two afrobeats tracks that truly made waves on the global stage,” Koffi continued.
Additionally, Koffi emphasized that when Tekno was unable to pursue his music career due to illness, he generously contributed to the genre by producing ‘Buga.’ Unfortunately, because Tekno did not publicize his generosity on social media, his contributions were somewhat downplayed.
In summary, Koffi passionately contends that Tekno played a pioneering role in the development and global recognition of afrobeats, even though his contributions may not have received the recognition they deserved when he faced health challenges.
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