Burna Boy was the first to use live band in Afrobeats – Ruger

Budding singer and songwriter, Ruger has claimed that superstar musician, Damini “Burna Boy” Ogulu introduced the use of live band into Afrobeats performance.

The ‘Asiwaju’ crooner stated that before Burna Boy started using live band, most Afrobeats artistes perform with DJ sets on stage.

Burna Boy introduced live band into Afrobeats – Ruger

Speaking in a recent chat with Billboard alongside his rival turned friend, BNXN, he argued that the ‘Last Last’ crooner made live performance “enjoyable.”

Ruger said: “Before Burna Boy started this live band thing most Afrobeats Act would just go on stage with their DJs and bounce, Burna boy makes live performance enjoyable.

“I don’t care if they give Burna Boy his flowers or not, but we the youngins from Nigeria know what he has done.”

In related news…

American music superstar, Usher has said he collaborated with Nigerian artistes, Burna Boy and Pheelz, in his latest album because he wants to be part of those tapping into the Afrobeats sound.

Usher featured the 29-year-old producer on ‘Ruin’, the 10th track and got Burna Boy on ‘Coming Home’ the 1st track off his latest album titled ‘Homecoming.’

Speaking in a recent interview with Apple Music, the R&B legend said Pheelz played a vital role in his getting him to work with Burna Boy.

He said; “I am all about collaboration and bringing African, you know, Nigerian culture to my own world. Their music is really popular now. I wanted to be part of it [Afrobeats], that’s why I went to Africa to make this album.

“I picked up things when I was in Ghana. I picked up things when I was in Nigeria. And working with Pheelz, he created the record [‘Homecoming’]. I just felt that Burna Boy would take it to a different level of credibility. I really do enjoy him as an artist. I just felt that this song would only be lifted better if he was part of it.”


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