It’s been a rollercoaster of blessings for Nigerian musician Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy. Fresh from collecting his third consecutive BET Best International Act Award on June 28, 2021, Burna marked three decades on earth on the 2nd of July.
The singer who’s now part of the 30+ gang has never really shied away from reaffirming his support for African music and fellow musicians, add that to his several milestone achievements, it’s safe to call him a pioneer of modern African music. A video of Burna debating with an American, who is apparently a music expert, has surfaced online. Although it’s not quite clear what the bone of contention is, it seemed more of a sensitisation session for the 30-year-old Grammy winner than a debate.
First Burna demystified his co-debater and they seemed to have an accord when he said not all African music is Afrobeatz, as often is the case from foreign media and observers who generalize the continents diverse genre as just Afrobeatz. Then Burna proceeded to dropping the punch line, much to the surprise of his co-debater, turned student, saying he’d put his money on South African hot shot, rapper Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo aka Nasty C.
Burna Boy said, “Yeah, everything is not Afrobeatz. Nasty C is a rapper. And because he’s from Africa now, you’re going to say Afrobeatz? Nah, he’s a rapper. Brah, I’ll put my money on Nasty C over almost any American rapper.”
Check out the snippet video below:
At just 24, Nasty C has been one of Africa’s finest rappers since he released his debut album Bad Hair in 2016. Of course, Nigerians fondly remember him for his 2017 Coke Studio smash hit, Said featuring Nigerian singer Runtown. Having been a keen follower of Nasty’s music through his mixtape days, it’s understandable to see why Burna thinks he represent good value. Nasty against the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J Cole? The odds are huge but, not a bad choice for an underdog.