Burna Boy, in a recent Instagram post had warned Nigerian artistes on the woes of international record deals, also thanking his mum/manager, Bose Ogulu for helping him get a great deal with Atlantic Records. His comments have been met with mixed reactions, as his fellow artistes in the industry have supported and some fired back in disagreement.
Former Hypertek Digital signee and self acclaimed ‘Worldstar’, Dammy Krane, has replied in support of what Burnaboy had said, even citing legendary Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as an ample example. He stated on his Instagram stories:
“As an African artist, the moment you step out for international deals, if you were supposed to get you $300million, you would be given $3 million because you went to them. The reason why people like Fela gained from their international deal is because they came to him! See finish nor dey, na you be superstar for your house. Going to make deals with them in the (United) states only shows you want something from them.”
Another post read; “They would sell you cheap. Nobody sabi you as superstar for yankee. You go gats live your lavish lifestyles to be noticed. Meanwhile these labels know Africans have massive numbers worldwide. That’s what they’re looking for.”
“No need to concentrate on yankee market! It’s all about Africa! No black man can make it in America… Think about it; Which black man has ever passed his wealth to his generations in America? Them go use scandal and tax to ruin am. The world to Africa,” Dammy Krane concluded.
Meanwhile, DMW artiste, Peruzzi is on the opposing side, as he took to his Instagram stories also to respond; “You can make it anywhere you want to make it! Nothing is impossible with hard work and God! Una too like plenty talk everybody face your work.” #TheWorldToAfrica.”