Former manager to Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Afrobeat legend, Benson Idonije has revealed to Vanguard what makes Burna Boy different from other Nigerian artists.
News Mail NG reports that Burna Boy’s grandpa said he always knew his grandson would rise to become even more than who is today.
You predicted that your grandson would win the Grammy. How do you feel seeing the prediction come true?
I am happy that he has won the Grammy. He has done the country proud and we are all happy for him.
Now that he has won the Grammy, which is the dream of every musician, what else do you expect from him?
He will continue to win more Grammys. This is the first Grammy award he has won. He will win another one and he will continue to win. Some artistes have won over 20 Grammy awards. The sky is his limit.
But did you see it coming as you predicted last year?
Of course, yes. He missed winning the award narrowly last year. And I was not surprised he won it this year.
From your assessment as a veteran music critic, what do you think makes Burna Boy different from other musicians in Nigeria?
Burna boy has tremendous talent. That is what set him apart from other musicians in the country.
You have watched Burna Boy transform into a world-class singer. What did you think of him during his growing-up days?
I have always thought in my mind that he will succeed and get to the top of his career. He has been growing towards what he has become today.
Judging from your wealth of experience as a music critic, do you think any other Nigerian artiste has what it takes to win the Grammy in future?
Of course, yes. A lot of Nigerian artistes have talents that tend towards purposeful creativity. Many new talents are coming up and there is hope for more of them to win the Grammys and gain global recognition.
You would recall Buarna Boy lost the 2020 Grammy’s coveted ‘Best World Music Album’ to Beninoise singer, Angélique Kidjo. He has now become the first Nigerian to win a Grammy.