“I Don’t Do Afrobeat, I Do Afro- Fusion”, Singer Davido Explains In Recent Interview

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Davido has had his debut
interview on Apple Radio Beats 1,
with OAP, Ebro Darden of New
York top radio station, Hot 97.

The DMW singer talked about his
career, the first time he heard his
record play in a club, his personal
choice between properly naming
his music, and more.

The singer revealed that Wande
Coal and D’banj encouraged him
after he left London. “Your record
is doing well,” they said to him. He
was in his mid-teens, and seeing
his song played in a club had a
profound effect on him. “I was
fresh. I was the youngest.”

Davido also had a conversion with
Ebro on why he refuses to call his
genre of music ‘Afrobeats’. “It is
different,” he said.

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“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.” He
went on to articulate popular
genres of African music and why he
thinks they are different from what
he puts out.

An example he chose was his 2013
hit single ‘Gobe’, which according
to him was ‘Afro’mixed with
Calypso. “But I feel like the
Afrobeats is catchy and has caught
wave since time.” He said.

“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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Davido was signed to Sony Music
Entertainment in January 2016, on
a deal which would see him release
his sophomore studio album in
2017. He is currently working on
an EP, which would feature US acts
Tinashe, Trey Songz, and Young
Thug.