Nigerian rapper, singer, and reality TV star, Olamilekan Moshood Agbeleshe, widely known as Laycon, in the latest TIMES Magazine edition acknowledged, Davido, as one of the biggest voices in Afrobeats and the music industry, adding that David paved the way for the likes of him to succeed.
The winner of the Big Brother Naija season 5 reality television show revealed this in a post seen on New York Times, where he talked about Davido’s success in the music industry and Davido’s song “FEM” which was released last year as a track from his debut album titled “A Better Time”. “FEM” was very popular last year as it was used by the Nigerian youths to call out justice during the recent #EndSars protest.
Laycon said Davido is one of the many Nigerian artists who made Afrobeats a worldwide phenomenon.
According to Laycon;
“Davido is one of the biggest voices in Afrobeats because his music connects with people, often in ways that transcend his expectations.
“When he released the song “FEM” in 2020, a title that loosely translates to “shut up” in Yoruba, he didn’t know it would become a major #EndSARS protest anthem, as youth banded together to demand the government take action to end police brutality in Nigeria last October.
“Officials responded by sending politicians to give speeches. We told the government to keep quiet unless they had something sensible to add. The ethos of “FEM” was directly relatable to that moment.
“You can tell Davido puts 100% into every song he makes, and the results are clear: his album “A Good Time” surpassed a billion streams in 2020.
“Afrobeats is a worldwide phenomenon, and Davido is one of many Nigerian artists who has made that possible; now more and more artists, from Nicki Minaj to Young Thug, want to work with him.
“By bringing Afrobeats to the global stage, he’s paved the way for people like me.”
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