Nigerian alternative artist Brymo recently sparked controversy with his outspoken comments about some of the biggest names in Afropop.
During an interview with TVC Nigeria, Brymo didn’t mince words as he referred to Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid as “thieves” for allegedly imitating Fela Kuti without adding their own unique touch.
Brymo argued that these artists have not endured the same hardships and challenges as Fela did when he pioneered the Afrobeat genre.
His views seemingly dismiss these artists’ own creativity and musical contributions.
The inflammatory remarks quickly sparked debate online amongst fans.
Some felt Brymo made fair critiques about originality while others accused him of envy.
Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid are yet to directly address Brymo’s criticisms.
The comments highlight ongoing discussions around tradition versus innovation in modern African music.