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Burna Boy can’t be Fela one minute and never Fela the next, he needs to decide a battle [Pulse Editor’s Opinion]

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“Hello @burnaboy, everywhere I turn people describe you as a revolutionary musician, the foreign media even celebrate you and compare you to Fela Kuti, but I am yet to see you lead anyone to a police station carrying a coffin for head of state! Join #Oct1stProtest #RevolutionNow,” Sowore tweeted at Burna on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Burna’s response was swift and punchy. He isn’t Fela, he said, and shouldn’t be coerced into appearing like Fela. “Well. I’m NOT FELA. I Have said that numerous instances. But you sir are a politician. Leave me out of your schemes. Thanks.

“Everybody is a Fela fan and supporter now that he is dead. Humans are so Funny, You politicians are ALL the same (especially in Nigeria) and Frankly I don’t trust none of you. @YeleSowore,” Burna Boy added.

Burna has a point to the extent that you simply shouldn’t ask anybody to develop into who they don’t want to be or drive them into taking on another person’ identification.

However, Burna isn’t simply anybody. He’s constructed an total model aping Fela, sounding like Fela, dancing like Fela and sampling Fela’s songs. He’s even confirmed up on stage shirtless, sporting simply underpants and smoking weed identical to Fela would.

Several new music acts in Nigeria have modelled themselves after Fela Kuti (The Nation)

Several new music acts in Nigeria have modelled themselves after Fela Kuti (The Nation)

If you wanna be Fela or one of his disciples so unhealthy, it isn’t out of place for anybody to ask you to go the entire hog, even when that somebody is a politician. And what’s wrong with being a politician any means? Pejoratively dismissing Sowore’s views because he is a few politician was reasonably ridiculous of Burna.

I’m no fan of Sowore’s model of politics, his meaningless, misguided protests or his vindictive, vendetta strewn model of journalism. The man comes throughout as an consideration seeker and a thorn within the flesh for all of the wrong causes. Of all of the artists within the land nevertheless, he’s known as out Burna for a cause and Burna has got to pay attention to him for a second.

Omoyele Sowore publishes Sahara Reporters (Youtube)

Omoyele Sowore publishes Sahara Reporters (Youtube)

Burna has styled himself as the voice of the people and he’s scolded Nigerians for not protesting or for not talking up towards injustice.

In ‘Ye’, Burna waxes:

But my people dem go say

I no want kpai, I no want die

I no want kpeme, I want enjoy

I want chop life, I want buy motor

I want construct home, I nonetheless want flip up.

In ‘Collateral damage’, Burna scolds a docile, scared people and gingers them to struggle for his or her rights..

Ambassador go dey chop

And Governor go dey chop

And President go dey chop

When dey say make we soar, we go soar.

My people sef they worry too much

We worry the factor we no see

One day all of us go die

We at all times get cause to worry

Fight to your right o you go to worry

Police go slap you, you go dey worry

Fight to your pikin dem no go dey worry

You go dey worry worry worry.

The relaxation of the world, like Sowore rightly notes, regard Burna as the voice of his people or the conscience of his nation.

Diddy worked on Burna Boy's 'Twice As Tall.' (Vanguard)

Diddy labored on Burna Boy’s ‘Twice As Tall.’ (Vanguard)

Sean Combs, a.okay.a. Diddy, who executive-produced Burna’s newest physique of work, Twice As Tall, says of the musician who was born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu:

“The thing that I learned about him is the importance of what he’s doing for his nation and representing the people that aren’t really heard globally. Through this album, I think it’s important for Africa to be heard. And so it’s bigger than just an album. He’s not just on a musical artist trip. He’s a revolutionary. His conviction is serious.”

You can’t be referred to as a revolutionary by a world music icon like Diddy, rail towards colonialism in ‘Monsters You Made’ and get in your emotions when people count on you to lead them into battle or count on more from you.

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You don’t costume and smoke like Fela, pattern his beats and chants and get defensive when of us ask you to go one better–lead from the front.

Revolutionaries aren’t content material with main from the studio or from the consolation of their houses. Music revolutionaries aren’t simply content material with churning out socially acutely aware tunes when it fits them.

Sometimes, they plunge themselves into the trenches like Fela, Ras Kimono, Oritz Wiliki, amongst others. They develop into the face of the battle from the streets. They stroll the song.

Burna Boy has many awards to his name (VIBZN)

Burna Boy has many awards to his name (VIBZN)

When you’re a Grammy nominee like Burna Boy with 5 sonically and revolutionary pleasing albums to your name, you do more than snigger at your people whenever you see your nation headed within the wrong course.

You develop into their voice from the studio and on the streets. You try every day to earn your epaulet, come insults, come derision. The people’s battle turns into what retains you awake at evening. That’s what an African giant would do.

It’s also what occurs whenever you develop into means too huge or twice as tall.

That, in a nutshell, is what Sowore is asking for. We ought to minimize the activist politician some slack on this one.


*Pulse Editor’s Opinion is the opinion of an editor at Pulse. It doesn’t represent the views of the organisation Pulse.

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