Lanre Dabiri, popularly known as Eldee the Don, a renowned Nigerian singer turned realtor, expressed his immense pride and satisfaction in witnessing the success and recognition of artists from the current generation of Afrobeats worldwide.
In an interview with Hip TV, Eldee likened this experience to that of a father watching his child succeed.
He marveled at the international impact that the current generation of Nigerian artists is making and shared his observations during a recent family vacation to five European countries.
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The play Afrobeats music on radio in Paris
Eldee was amazed to find that Nigerian artistes were gaining popularity even in non-black communities. He stated:
“You know, the father who has watched a child become very, very successful. That’s how it [Afrobeats artists’ growth] feels to me. Nothing gives me more joy.
“Recently, actually last year, we went on a family vacation to Europe. We went to five countries. Every single city that we were in, even in Venice where maybe there were only like two other black people.
“We were the only black family in the whole of Venice. We enter the stores and they are playing Afrobeats. From Rema to Joeboy to Fireboy to Burna Boy to Wizkid to Davido to Tiwa Savage everywhere.
“We were in Paris listening to the radio, to Latin radio, and they were playing Afro beats. Some of this stuff is mind-blowing if you know what was happening in Nigeria in 1995 or 1997 to 1998. It’s mind-blowing because in Nigeria then you couldn’t hear our own music on Nigerian radio.”
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Our split paved way for Afrobeats Stars like Wizkid and Davido – P-Square
Meanwhile, the musical duo of Paul and Peter Okoye popularly known as P-Square, claimed that their separation cleared the path for Afrobeats Stars like Wizkid and Davido.
In a recent episode of The 77 Podcast, the brothers debunked the idea that Afrobeats only gained global recognition after their separation, asserting that they had already dominated the African music scene for over a decade before their brief intermission in 2016.
Paul confidently stated that if they had not separated, other artists would not have had the opportunity to shine.