Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy, a Grammy-winning musician from Nigeria, claims to have invented afro-fusion music because he did not want to be restricted to the well-liked West African genre of afrobeats.
The self-described “African Giant” said he doesn’t believe in genres in an interview with the American journal Complex.
“Afrofusion is a big melting pot of cultures and sounds,” stated Burna Boy. There is no box for afrofusion.
“Let me explain. I created afro-fusion because I didn’t want to be restricted to any type of afrobeats, hip-hop, or anything else. since I don’t think in genres. I was forced to make my own.
In other developments, Burna Boy said that Fela’s death was a good thing.
He thought it was fortunate that he lived during the time he did since it allowed him to convey the messages in his songs.
Burna Boy revealed this in a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in New York, whose maternal grandpa, Benson Idonjie, was Fela Kuti’s first manager.
According to him: “What I have realized is that the times are really funny. Fela in his time was going through things that, if he was here today, it might have been a whole different feeling like a whole bunch of people from Nigeria who you see today celebrating Fela, are the same people that would have been tagging the police to go and arrest Fela if there was Twitter then.
“So, at the end of the day, I feel like God doesn’t make mistakes. You know what I mean like the times are just perfect for everyone, you know. If he [Fela] was here today, like his career started now, he may not have the space to explore that [his conscious creativity] because there is too much in this day and age that it just doesn’t interlock with the spirits. Right now, spirituality is almost non-existent.
“Now, it [the society] is just mostly run by stupidity and ignorance. It was still the same back then [during Fela’s era] but it wasn’t as amplified or accessed [as it is today]. Now, everything is defined by stupidity and ignorance.
“I’m grateful for the fact that he [Fela] existed in his time so that we can get an experience of the true organic nature of what he was, the essence of what he stood for and the messages he passed across to us.”