Afrobeats – Is Burna Boy a new ‘cat’?

Published on June 10, 2023

King of Afrobeats, Davido recently granted an interview with Brut Afrique, discussing his journey through fame in the Afrobeats world. He mentioned he and Wizkid helped in launching the worldwide Afrobeats movement.

According to Davido, “everybody knows Wizkid and I blew it up it’s good to see the new cats like Burna Boy, Rema come up.” Davido mentioned other Afrobeats artists by name. However, the mention of Burna Boy sparked a lot of reactions even from Burna Boy’s sister.

A look at when they started

A timeline of when Burna Boy started releasing songs to the public shows he rose to stardom in 2012 when he released “Like to Party’ a lead single from his debut studio album “L.I.F.E released in 2013.

Davido’s first official single “Back When” dropped in 2011. This means that Davido has a clear year ahead of Burna Boy.

Wizkid started showing the world what he was about as early as 2001. However, it would be years later that he became popular. His first record “Lil Prinz” dropped in 2001. He did that in collaboration with his friends from church.

Is Burna Boy a new cat?

So, is Burna Boy a new ‘cat’? Maybe not, because he has been around in the Afrobeats scene for 10 years, and that’s not a joke at all. Critics didn’t have a problem agreeing that Asake, Rema, others that Davido mentioned are new cats. They came around much later. Some of them appeared during the lockdown in 2020.

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