David Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido, is a Nigerian singer who claims he is deserving of Forbes’ recent recognition as the “King of Afrobeats” because it has always been his ambition to see the genre gain popularity in the west.
In a recent interview with Billboard News, he made this statement.
One of the first afrobeats musicians, according to him, to be signed by a significant international record label.
Asked how he feels being called the “King of afrobeats” by Forbes, Davido said, “I mean, it’s true. I have lived in both places; I have lived in America. I went to school right here too, in Alabama. I was always spreading the gospel of African culture; the food, fashion.
“So, when it was time to do music, my dream was always the crossover; ‘When will that crossover happen?’ And you know, I was one of the first to get signed by a major label.”
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