Afrobeats lacks soul and lyricism - Fireboy

Budding Nigerian singer Adedamola Adefolahan, better known as Fireboy DML, has stated that Afrobeats is now as big as hip-hop and R&B.

The ‘Scatter’ crooner said Afrobeats isn’t just an ordinary genre but a culture and a movement with an incredible history.

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Fireboy made this statement while having a chat with Noisey on a podcast, where he said the genre is known for its energy, vibe and rhythm.

He emphasised that his own brand of Afrobeats is unique and noted that, as the world is now paying attention, he is trying to put it on the global music map

The singer said, “I always say this: honesty is the soul of songwriting. It doesn’t have to be your story. It could be someone else’s story. It doesn’t matter.

“As long as it’s honest, when you put it out, someone somewhere is going to relate with it and that’s all that matters.

“That’s what I bring into my version of Afrobeats. Afrobeats is known for vibe, energy and rhythm. But I bring that intention, that songwriting feel.

“[I’m] trying to put Afrobeats on the map. It’s just as big as hip-hop and R&B if you let it. It’s a culture; it’s a movement. It has a history. Now more than ever, the world is paying attention.”