Yemi Alade Criticizes Colleagues For Downplaying The Afrobeats Genre

Nigerian singer Yemi Alade has chastised her colleagues for downplaying the Afrobeats genre.
She stated that while it is not incorrect for artists to denounce Afrobeats, especially if they believe it does not define their art, downplaying the genre is hypocritical, as it has contributed to the development of every Nigerian artist.

On her X account, the ‘Johnny’ singer wrote: “I don’t see anything wrong with informing your listeners about the genre of music an artist creates, especially if you believe it doesn’t define your art.”

“Please announce your genre in peace. It is hypocritical to downplay the importance Afrobeats has played in the growth of every artist.

Alade’s social media rant comes as numerous Nigerian singers, including Davido, Wizkid, and Burna Boy, have denounced the Afrobeats genre.

They all claimed to have left the genre since all African artists, regardless of musical style, were boxed under Afrobeats.

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