How Nigerians Reacted to Burna Boy’s New Album After Controversial Afrobeats Comment

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The debut of Grammy-winning musician Burna Boy’s seventh album, ‘I Told Them,’ has been met with heated reactions on social media, reversing the singer’s criticisms of Afrobeats.

The 32-year-old, born Damini Ogulu, enraged Afrobeats fans with his words in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on Monday to promote his new album, which is set to be released on Friday (today).

He argued that many of his contemporaries’ records lacked substance.

“Ninety percent of them have no real-life experiences that they can understand. Which is why you hear most of Nigerian music or African music, or Afrobeats, as you people call it, is mostly about nothing, literally nothing,” he said.

Burna asserted that “there is no substance” to the genre because most Afrobeats musicians merely sing about having “an amazing time” in their songs.

The remarks on YouTube did not appear to have any impact on the reception of the African Giant’s current endeavor, with the accompanying videos for his 15-track album being overwhelmingly positive.

However, a large number of fans on Twitter were far more critical, using phrases like “no substance” and “mid,” a slang term for something mediocre.

Below are some reactions by disenchanted Outsiders — as his fandom has come to be known:





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