Patrick Doyle, the ex-husband of veteran actress Ireti Doyle, has spoken out about Grammy-winning artist Burna Boy’s controversial claim that Afrobeats music lacks substance.
Patrick Doyle remarked on his Facebook page that Burna Boy has done nothing that can be remotely described as great.
Doyle claimed that the exploits that appear to be extolling Burna Boy should be properly given to great vocalists like Fela, Sunny Ade, Majek Fasek, and others who paved the way for Burna Boy and others to stroll through smoothly.
“The credit for the feats that appear to be puffing the likes of Burna Boy up have to be properly ascribed to the greats who cleared the thorny paths that have created pathways for his likes to walk through practically effortlessly.
Burna Boy has not by himself done anything that can be remotely described as great. He and his peers are recipients of the labours of heroes past.
They need to be humble and respectful of their diligent and truly pioneering predecessors. Great artistes like SunnyAde, Fela Anikulapo, Majek Fashek, I, k. Dairo and a galaxy of others who paved the way from the 60s, to the 2000s.
Greatness and great feats don’t exist in a vacuum.
Let us not contribute to the creation of an arrogant and obnoxious monster.”