In today’s coverage of Nigerian Music Artists Interview, we bring you the ‘gbas gbos’ with Davido New Cat statement about Burna Boy. This is the full gist.
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In a surprising turn of events, the Nigerian music industry was rocked by controversy following a seemingly offensive statement made by Davido during an interview with Brut.
The popular musician’s comment about Burna Boy being a “new cat” alongside other emerging artists triggered a frenzy across social media and mainstream news outlets. This has led to a clash of egos and heated exchanges among some of Nigeria’s biggest stars.
Davido, known for his chart-topping hits and electrifying performances, had achieved great success early in his career alongside Wizkid, who also rose to prominence around the same time.
During the interview, he expressed his satisfaction at witnessing the rise of younger talents like Burna Boy, Rema, Fireboy, Mayorkun, and Asake.
In the interview, Davido stated: “Wizkid and I were the first young artistes to blow up and it feels good seeing new cats like Burna Boy, Rema, Fireboy, Mayorkun and Asake kllling it now.”
However, his comment sparked a firestorm of controversy, with many interpreting his words as a lack of respect for Burna Boy’s achievements, particularly his Grammy win.
Fans and industry insiders took to social media platforms to express their opinions, with the debate quickly escalating into a full-blown feud between supporters of both Davido and Burna Boy.
The internet was flooded with hashtags, memes, and passionate arguments as fans passionately defended their favorite artists.
A Twitter user identified as Latif compared both Davido and Burna Boy to Cristiano Ronaldo and Julian Alvarez of Manchester City tweeting:
‘Saying Burna Boy is bigger than Davido because Burna has a grammy is like saying Julian Alvarez is bigger than Cristiano Ronaldo because he won a World Cup. Doesn’t make sense.’
Saying Burna Boy is bigger than Davido because Burna has a grammy is like saying Julian Alvarez is bigger than Cristiano Ronaldo because he won a World Cup. Doesn’t make sense
— Lατιf (@iLatif_) June 8, 2023
Adding fuel to the fire, Yung6ix, a talented Nigerian artist based in Canada, entered the fray with a scathing attack on Davido.
The singer accused Davido of being “in no man’s land” when they, along with other artists, were pioneering the movement to place Nigerian music on the global stage.
Yung6ix’s outburst further intensified the already heated atmosphere, as fans and fellow musicians eagerly awaited Burna Boy’s response.
However, Burna Boy’s sister, Nissi, responded to Davido over ‘new cat’ comment in a subtle shade thrown at the Timeless superstar.
Reacting to Davido’s statement, Nissi shared a video from Burna Boy’s concert on her Instagram account with the caption, “New cats dey face their hustle.”
In another post, Nissi, a singer and fine artist, shared a video of Governor Wike addressing trolls writing alongside; “Wike is indirectly saying; As e dey pain Dem e dey sweet us”.
Ultimately, this drama served as a wake-up call for the industry, reminding everyone of the need for mutual respect and support.
At a time where Nigerians music lovers are looking up to a Davido/Burna Boy collaboration, comments like that of Davido’s could cause more harm than good.