A video is currently making the rounds online which captured the moment a group of foreign DJs passed what may be perceived as subtle shade at Nigerian singer Wizkid.
The video opens up with one of four DJs making the submission that if it was not for the influence of Canadian rapper, Drake, nobody outside Africa would know about Wizkid.
In strong agreement to his position, another presenter categorically stated that ‘nobody knows Wizkid’ and went on to back up his assertion with an explanation.
According to him, despite efforts being made to push the narrative of the Nigerian-born singer as the face of afrobeats, it still remains to be widely contested. Going on with his submission, the DJ pointed out that there is no star of afrobeats yet.
“If it Was Not For Drake Nobody Will Know Wizkid At All, Afrobeats Doesn’t Have Any Star, If you walk down the streets of america now and ask People who Wizkid is, non of them know him,”
Well Nigerians didn’t take it lightly. Thousands of Nigerians stormed the DJs Instagram to vent their anger.
Harrysong also shared a post on Instagram in which he clapped hard at the foreign DJs and expressed that Nigerian celebrities do not need any form of external validation. He wrote;
first of all….. i dont know who the fuck this oyinbo albaino is, saying there’s no star of afro beats; your fathers and your presidents know the great fela Anikulakpo kuti , and still respect him till date, wizkid, Davido ,burna boy, 2face idibia,and many more Don’t need Sean Paul or drake to be known as star as they are…. you Americans should respect our sound and culture(AFRICA), I CAN’T STAND DISRESPECT. I SUPPORT PEOPLE; NOT PARTY #africa #respect #afrobeatz #culture #kingmaker #HarrysongInspireMonday …pls let’s fish out this guy’s social media handle and correct his upbringing
One lesson the world ought to know is that only a Nigerian can mess with another Nigerian, no foreigner is allowed in our issues.
I’m sure the DJ’s, who have been identified as DJ City, and Cipha Sounds has learnt the hard way.
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