‘I don’t make Afrobeats’ – Fireboy DML explains


Famous Nigerian musician Fireboy DML has reaffirmed that Afrobeats is not his musical genre.

His “roots and identity,” he claimed, are constantly there in his songs.

The “Peru” crooner made an appearance as a guest on the most recent “B And N” episode of the Amazon Music podcast.

He said:

“As I always said, I don’t make Afrobeats. I just sort of like combined stuffs. I do different kinds of music so even when I am making R&B or pop, you can hear the Yoruba ‘h’ factor.

“You just know that this is not an American or British person, so you can always tell that my roots and my identity is always in my music.”

Fireboy said Nigerian artists need to take advantage of their newfound global recognition and build a structure for their home music industry.

“One thing I want to take about is we are here [Western world] now. Afrobeats is here now. So what is the way forward? What next?

“I personally think this Afrobeats to the world thing shouldn’t be given more attention. I mean, we are already here. even before the Grammy [created an African category], we’ve already been recognised. We’ve achieved so much. So we need to build a structure. And more concerned about the future of the genre; the sustainability,” he said.

In another story, Fireboy DML reveals his intention to venture into the film industry this year.

He explained that he decided to take this courageous move due to frequent compliments about his “very dramatic” nature.

Having displayed glimpses of his acting prowess in previous music videos, the singer is now poised to make his significant acting debut this year.

In a recent interview with Billboard News, Fireboy mentioned his plans to release an album later this year.

He said, “I am excited to share with the fans that I am releasing my album this year. I am finishing up the album here in LA. I’ve got an apartment with a pool. I want to be in an environment that reeks of happiness, peace of mind, and comfort. And that’s what I want the album to sound like.

“I am also going into the movie industry. Yeah, I am going to be acting. My people have always said that I am a dramatic young man. I mean, I know being dramatic does not equate to knowing how to act but I do know how to act. I have acted in a couple of music videos. I can’t let this gift [acting talent] waste.”