Eedris Abdulkareem, a Nigerian rapper, has called on Burna Boy, Afrofusion singer, to apologize for dubbing from the works of Fela Kuti, late Afrobeat legend, to hit the limelight.
Burna Boy has been in the centre of public uproar ever since he declared himself the best after Kuti.
Contrary to widely held opinions, he had also claimed that no musician paved way for his success.
Joining the fray of public figures who have taken to social media platforms to vent their opinions on the matter, Abdulkareeem asked Burna Boy to apologize for stealing Fela’s songs to become famous.
“Burna Boy needs to apologize. At least, Fela made it happen for you. And you stole from Fela’s songs to become who you are,” Abdulkareem can be heard saying in a clip now making the rounds.
“You stole from Afrobeat to become who you are, even though Fela’s songs are strictly about messages that add value to the lives of people.”
Journalists had earlier reported how Seun Kuti, a son to the late Afrobeat legend, opened up on his thoughts about the controversy.
“Some have support from corporations, especially the people who, because I fight for them, even my record company tried to silence me, they say they do it alone. I just have to smile!” he had said.
Before now, there have been criticisms levelled against Burna Boy as pertaining to the rhythmic similarities between his song ‘Anybody’ and one of Angelique Kidjo’s projects.
“Concerning Angelique Kidjo, she’s a living legend. Here is one of her songs. Notice something? This is where Burna boy got the rhythm for his ‘Anybody’ song,” a Twitter user once wrote.
“Let’s be real, The number of songs Burna samples is becoming concerning. Yeah, people will say he’s making his money but I think he needs originality. Don’t get me wrong, I love his songs.”