Let’s put sentiment aside, Burna Boy who used to be formally addressed as Reggae dance hall act with songs like; “Run My Race“, “Like To Party” is now beginning to over-use Fela Afro-beat style of music.
Burna Boy’s first two albums, ‘LIFE‘ and ‘ON A SPACESHIP‘ were dope albums even without any form of Fela Vibe on both music projects.
There is nothing wrong in embracing the new sound, but attempt to hold on to this one style might render him irrelevant real soon in the music industry
Burna Boy seems to have picked up the style after “Ye” and “Gbona” became a huge success last year. This 2019, no attempt has been made by the self-acclaimed “African Giant” to diversify his sound a bit. He has never done any song that sounds different from Fela‘s vibe.
Listen to Burna Boy‘s album, it’s Fela‘s style from start to finish, which made the album boring at some point. The truth is, Fela succeeded because Afro-beat sound is his creation which comes with heavy messages of political activism.
Meanwhile, Burna Boy is in no way near Fela when it comes to lyrics that touch people by heart and let’s not forget Fela is a beast when it comes to playing musical instruments.
The likes of Wizkid will continue to reign due to the ability to diversify sound from Afro-beats to Afro-pop. Therefore, Burna Boy should also consider diversifying.