Nigerian alternative singer Brymo stirred controversy with his comments criticizing top Afropop stars, including Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid. In an interview with TVC Nigeria, he referred to them as “thieves” who copied Fela Kuti without demonstrating originality. Brymo argued that they haven’t faced the same struggles as Fela in pioneering the Afrobeat genre.
These remarks have generated a debate online, with some agreeing with Brymo’s assessment of originality, while others accused him of envy. As of now, Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid have not directly responded to Brymo’s criticisms.
This incident highlights the ongoing discussions in the music industry about tradition versus innovation in modern African music.