B-Red, a notable Nigerian artist and cousin of the well-known hip-hop star Davido, has recently shared interesting details about the first encounter between Burna Boy and Davido. The meeting took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and was filled with excitement as Burna Boy was thrilled to meet his fellow musicians.
Born Adebayo Adeleke, B-Red is the son of Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke. He embarked on his musical journey in Atlanta, United States, where he hustled alongside his brother Shina Rambo. B-Red was the one who encouraged Davido to start his singing career, and as Davido gained popularity, B-Red also gradually established himself in the music industry. Today, B-Red has enjoyed some success and has collaborated with Davido on numerous occasions.
The First Encounter: Burna Boy Meets Davido
During the interview at Echo Room, B-Red recounted the events surrounding Burna Boy and Davido’s first meeting. According to him, Burna Boy was incredibly excited to see both B-Red and his cousin Davido. “The first day I met Burna Boy, it was in Port Harcourt and he was running after me and Davido’s car, telling us he loves our music,” B-Red shared.
This revelation came in the wake of a recent interview where Davido claimed that he and Wizkid were among the first Nigerian musicians to take Afrobeats to the global stage. Davido also mentioned several up-and-coming talents, such as Rema, Fireboy, Mayorkun, and Asake, as new artists who were continuing to push Afrobeats to international audiences. Interestingly, Davido also included Burna Boy in this list of “new cats.”
Reactions to Davido’s Statements
Social media has been abuzz since Davido’s interview, with people expressing their opinions on whether or not Burna Boy should be classified as a “new cat.” Some agreed with Davido’s assessment, citing 2018 and Burna Boy’s hit song “YE” as the beginning of his rise to stardom.
Others disagreed, pointing to Burna Boy’s earlier success with his 2012 single “Like To Party” as proof that he had already established himself in the industry before 2018. These differing opinions highlight the ongoing debate surrounding the classification of artists and their contributions to the Afrobeats genre.
B-Red on Wizkid’s Reaction to Davido’s First Song
B-Red also touched on Wizkid’s reaction to hearing Davido’s debut song, “Back When,” which featured rapper Naeto C. According to B-Red, Wizkid was curious about the artist behind the song and wanted to learn more about Davido. This anecdote further emphasizes the interconnected nature of the Nigerian music industry and the relationships among artists who have helped shape the Afrobeats genre.
The Evolution of Afrobeats and the Role of B-Red, Davido, and Burna Boy
As the conversation around the origins and growth of Afrobeats continues, it is essential to acknowledge the contributions of artists like B-Red, Davido, and Burna Boy. Each of these musicians has played a role in the genre’s development, from its early beginnings to its current global presence.
Davido, with his international collaborations and chart-topping hits, has been a driving force in taking Nigerian music to new heights. Similarly, Burna Boy has garnered worldwide acclaim for his unique fusion of Afrobeats, dancehall, and reggae, earning him the nickname “African Giant.” B-Red, while perhaps not as well-known as his cousin Davido or Burna Boy, has also contributed to the Afrobeats movement through his collaborations and consistent releases.
B-Red’s account of Burna Boy’s enthusiastic reaction to meeting Davido for the first time serves as a reminder of the passion and excitement that fuels the Nigerian music industry. As the Afrobeats genre continues to gain global recognition, artists like B-Red, Davido, and Burna Boy will undoubtedly remain at the forefront, shaping the sound and direction of this ever-evolving musical movement.
In a world where music continues to break barriers and unite people across cultures, the contributions of these artists cannot be understated. As fans and critics continue to discuss the classification of artists and their contributions to the Afrobeats genre, it is essential to remember that, at its core, music is about connection and the shared human experience.