Burna Boy’s excellent grip of records can never ever be overemphasized, his musical skill, unique voice, ferocious delivery, originality and love for speaking about what transpires amongst humans within the society is what establishes him by far as the greatest afrobeat artiste of this generation, and he has once again proven that in his newest single; “Anybody.”
I know given Burna Boy the title of the greatest afrobeat artiste of this generation would raise a lot of eyebrows as well as fierce counter-reactions from a lot of music fans. But scrutinizing the afrobeat genre, its origin and how it is being ‘played’ now, we would establish the fact that Burna Boy has been the one glorifying the genre in the most original fashion.
The originator of the afrobeat is Fela Anikulapo-Kuti of blessed memory, and when you look at Fela’s records, he sings more about the events that occur in the society more than how he sings about women. Trying to find a Nigerian artiste that does something similar to what Fela did, we would agree that Burna Boy is the only afrobeat artiste in this generation that does close to doing that.
Truly, Burna sings about women, however, most of his songs are centred around societal issues. He does mostly songs that touch deep into the concerns of humans, shining light to a lot that seems dark as well as to some extent offer how to be atop of some of them.
Apart from his views in his songs, the musical instruments he adopts, the way he embeds his vocals and his very easily comprehensive lyrics make him the perfect fit for Fela’s musical throne.
This article is not about Burna Boy per se but his latest rendition; “Anybody” which is already causing music fans to over and over again appreciate the singer’s musical ingenuity. However, it is only necessary to give a reminder of how the singer remains the only afrobeat artiste exceptionally and solidly glorifying the genre with his constant song releases.
Looking at the song in proper; “Anybody” is a genuine afrobeat song. The song pattern is hypnotic, attractive, an attention seeker and those are typical of a real afrobeat vibe. It is a song that when listened to, makes one want to do a lot of things at the same time. Dance, nod, reminisce, the song would make you do more than one of these things and also necessarily, it would remind you of the legendary Fela.
Burna Boy unsurprisingly delivered fantastically on this record and it is now easily understandable why his British girlfriend, Steflon Don revealed earlier in the week that her lover is about to attain an outstanding status.
This song is about to register its influence on the heads and in the hearts of lots of music fans in the coming days and it’s just a matter of little time before it becomes an established hit.
Simple lyrics, precise sermon, very clear & polished vocals, bouncy beats and more are what this song is all about and that it is the reason Burna has scored one of the biggest hit of 2019.
Burna Boy again i repeat is the greatest afrobeat artiste of this generation!!!
Rating : 10/10
Written by Taiwo Oluwafemi