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QUESTION: Who Is The Best Afro Singer Between Burna Boy And Wizkid? [Solved]

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Habeeblah Olamilekan
Kwara state polytechnic,ilorin
Graduate, Nigeria.
Music in Nigeria is so diverse, as there are many genres that so much exist in the industry.
From pop to Hip Hop to dancehall and not forgetting the alternatives. It is so wide that upcoming artistes really have a wide array of options to choose from. There’s the issue of afro-beat also.

Ever since the inventor, Fela Anikulapo Kutidied, there has been a dearth in gap as for who will replace him. We’ve had numerous artistes coming on board who have invented a style similar to that genre.
One of such was Ayefele who had the Afro juju style. However, not until 2013 when Wizkid sang Jaiye Jaiye that people began to compare him to Fela.

Wizkid scored a hit with Jaiye Jaiye and with the typical African drum beat sound banging out well, it was not hard for the scion of Fela, Femi Kuti to collaborate well with Wizkid.
Remember wizkid was formerly of the Pop/RnB genre but he found afro-beat space scanty as many artistes were not fully interested in exploring the space.

Oritsefemi came with Double Wahala, Sean Tizzle came with Eruku Saye Po, all having a similitude to that Afro beat Fela creates.
Burna Boy came on board as well. But the two artistes who have continued to reign as the top two kings are Wizkid and Burna Boy.

Ever since Jaiye Jaiye in 2013, majority of Wizkid’s collaborations and singles have been purely afro-beat or a little feel of it.
Steadily, he has transcended that success to establishing a good rapport with foreign artistes based on Afro beat. Most of his collaborations with foreign artistes have been as a result of Afro beat sounds.

Working together with Sarz, they created African Bad Gyal, which was afro-beat, Come Closer had a mix of Afro beat and Caribbean sounds. He seemed to have owned the afro-beats scene and has continued to dominate the scene.
Burna on the other hand, stuck close to the basic afro beats. The typical afro-beats Fela does, his lyrics has a feel of Fela making it feel as if it was Fela still singing. His lyrics sounds exactly like Fela.

He’s enthusiastic about creating what Fela would love to create. Just like it was Fela that composed it. It’s unlike Wizkid who has modernised his own Afro beat with some urban elements.
Burna seems to be keen in re-invigorating the exact stuff Fela would love to create. His new album, Outside gives us something similar. Who heard his part on Skales’ Temper?
Wizkid has been known always for Afro beat ever since he came across the Afro beats genre in 2013.

Hopping on an extraordinary Sarz beat, he laid wonderful lyrics on the song and with Femi Kuti, the scion of the Legendary Fela, they created a jam. After that, most of Wizkid’s songs and collaborations have mostly been afro-beats.
Fellow artistes have recognized Afro beats as Wizkid’s area of specialization and have always worked with his producers in working out the exact Afro beat sounds he would like.

Caro, Expensive poo and many records that came after Jaiye Jaiye had a major feel of the Afro beats. Ojuelegba had a little feel of it as it retains the trumpet sounds similar to the one Fela does.

One thing about Afro beat is that it harnesses all sound elements into its beat. It’s a feel good music everyone like to listen to and likes to dance to and Wizkid made sure he harnessed that fact into most of his songs.

His recent songs, Soco and Manya have all been afro beats. Danceable songs with the Afro beats banging out well in the background. The template for a hit song.
And on often times, Wizkid has always paid homage to Fela as always influencing his music. He has a tattoo of Fela on his arm, his snapchat name is Felaback.
Burna Boy on the other hand keeps exploring and succeeding with the typical afro beats genre. His style is similar to Fela’s as his behaviour, lyrics all sync with Fela’s.

For example, Fela mostly performs shirtless and Burna Boy does the same too. There was a time at Felabration that Burna Boy performed with only pants trying to re-enact Fela who once performed with pants.

People have on several occasions compared Fela and Burna Boy as their music sounds similar. Who heard his part on Skales’ Temper? One of the best remixed song last year all due to Burna boy combining well with Afro beat.

His album also was majorly influenced by Afro beats and this has helped him achieve his desired global stardom.
However, there can only be one King ruling a kingdom. Only one captain controlling a ship.

If you were to choose between Wizkid and Burna Boy as your new king, who will get your vote?
Wizkid who has created his own Afro beat or Burna Boy who keeps on with the fundamental Fela’s Afro beat?


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Richard Abraham

100Level, Nigeria.
burna boy na the king of afro for me.

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Nofiu Ridwan
National open university of Nigeria (Noun)
Bsc. Economic
300Level, Nigeria.
Afrobeat (a style of popular music incorporating elements of African music and jazz, soul, and funk) as a genre started in the late 60s and early 70s with Fela Anikulapo Kuti as its progenitor.

fela kuti
Since then, Afrobeat has continuously waxed stronger and evolved in this contemporary times. Somehow, the westerners again renamed ‘Afrobeat’ music to ‘Afrobeats’ with the latter incorporating all new sounds of African origin. Despite the dispute in nomenclature as to whether contemporary African music and sound should still be labelled Afrobeat or Afrobeats the genre has steadily gained global acceptance and penetration.

A lot of Nigerian artistes like Burna Boy and Wizkid are repping the genre very well and are very keen on selling it to the world.

Over the few years of their career Burna Boy and Wizkid have released music strongly reminiscent on Fela Kuti’s kind of music although not in entirety. Or better put, Wizkid and Burna Boy have sampled Fela, the Afrobeat legend, from time to time in their songs. Accolades and loud applause are given anything someone finds a way to infuse Fela’s music into their songs.

Then again, debates spring up from time to time between these two artistes Burna Boy and Wizkid as to whom is repping the essence of Afrobeat in their music better than the other. Hence, they’re hailed as ‘young Fela’, ‘Fela back’ or with any other phrases that connotes the spirit of Fela lives on in them. Depending on the flow of trends sometimes the debates tilt in favour of Wizkid and some other time Burna Boy is held in higher esteem.

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