Nigerian Grammy-nominated singer, Burna Boy is in the news again for another controversial statement that’s likely to make the internet experience another shutdown.
The “Ye” singer recently got featured on international men’s magazine “GQ” and photos from the magazine have caused a stir on the internet but that didn’t end there. His recent interview with Nigerian-American entertainment journalist Lola Ogunnaike titled “Burna Boy, Global Giant” was also featured in the magazine where Burna spoke about making his way to the top, the constant comparison with Afrobeats king, Fela Kuti, and many other topics.
According to him, he has had to go through the never-ending hard steps to get to where he is while other artistes have taken the shorter route. Burna added that such a method was inappropriate for him so he had to take the longer route and that has made him more experienced.
“Unlike a lot of other people, I’ve had to go through never-ending steps to get here, whereas other people have taken the elevator up,” he shares. “I’ve always been too heavy for that kind of elevator, so I had to take the stairs. Now I know every floor and everything on every floor.”
Speaking on his albums doing successfully and amassing huge numbers, Burna emphasized as he had always done in the past that he has no regard for numbers. Burna said he feels this way about numbers because they have no feelings and soul and that the numbers are actually the people that felt his music and the message he was trying to pass across.
“I don’t really have a high regard for numbers, because numbers have no feelings, they have no soul, whereas I do, “My ‘numbers’ is the people who have actually felt the feeling that the music is supposed to carry across and in the process received the message.”
Burna Boy also spoke about the constant comparison to Fela Kuti, the godfather of afrobeat. Burna is mortified that anyone in their right sense would compare him to such a legend. According to him, Fela is an inspiration and childhood hero so comparing him to such a person is not honorable. Burna added that it makes him feel weird as there would be no him if it wasn’t for Fela.
“I don’t think anybody in their right mind would compare me to Fela. Fela is my inspiration and my childhood hero, so if you think comparing me to Fela is honorable, it’s actually not,”. It actually makes me feel weird. Fela was Fela, and if it wasn’t for Fela, there probably wouldn’t be any me, so I don’t understand the comparison.”