Controversy as Samklef lays claim to Afrobeats


Nigerian producer, Samklef has caused quite the stir on social media after he made a rather audacious claim to the propriety of the Afrobeats genre.

The producer tweeted:

“I’m one of the reason why afrobeats is international today. I created the sound. Respect me. I still dey alive.”

Even though the producer has been quite quiet on the music scene, we’d like to know the premise on which this claim stands.

This claim elucidated a lot of reactions on social media and we’ll let you see them:

this twitter user thinks Don Jazzy (who is not contesting) should get the recognition

while this tweep thinks Fela Kuti is the real progenitor:

From our standpoint we think this is a rather gutsy claim, given that the producer gave no consideration to the original creator of Afrobeats, the late Fela kuti and has had a hiatus in recent times with no notable project.

Undoubtedly we’ve had projects from Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido steady flying the flag of Afrobeats in recents and none of these have worked with the producer in recent times.

what’s your take on this?


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