A protracted debate on who is Afrobeats’ key player between Wizkid and Davido, two award-winning Nigerian singers, is ongoing on Twitter.
This is coming on the back of Wizkid’s recognition in an article chronicling major actors of pop music on Grammys’ official website.
The ‘Ojuelegba’ crooner’s mention appeared to have triggered a dispute between his fans and Davido’s, with many questioning why the ‘OBO’ singer was not recognized on the list.
“Currently, Afrobeats is the next international sound sweeping pop music. Major stars like Kanye West and Rick Ross have all collaborated with Afrobeats acts. Drake’s 2016 international hit ‘One Dance,’ once the most-streamed song on Spotify, featured Nigerian Afrobeats artist Wizkid, who would go on to sign with RCA Records in what became the biggest record deal ever for an African artist,” read the article, which was published on December 27, 2019.
“This past July, Beyoncé released ‘The Lion King: The Gift,’ the soundtrack album to the 2019 ‘Lion King’ remake, which featured African and Afrobeats artists like Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi and many others. With major labels like Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group betting on Afrobeats, all eyes are now on Africa.”
There is no arguing that Wizkid and Davido have been major forces in the country’s music industry, often drawing commendations for their consistency and projects.
The duo had another amazing run in 2019, notching up international collaborations.
Last year saw Davido increased his global presence following his collaboration with Chris Brown, among other laudable career strides.
Wizkid, on the other hand, garnered several nominations, award wins, career strides and record-breaking collaborations.
Meanwhile, Burna Boy, a colleague of the duo, is one of the nominees for the 2020 Grammy Awards, which would hold on January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Here are some reactions from Team Wizkid:
As seen on Grammy's page , this is without any form of debate , Wizkid name remains till the end of time when ever Afrobeat is being mentioned . #TuesdayThoughts #MadeInLagos. pic.twitter.com/mhvAzKqjGd
— muzammil (@finemanhocS) January 7, 2020
Grammy confirmed Wizkid's Sony RCA deal is the biggest by any African act when we thought his $3M UBA deal was his highest, wonder how much he's getting from Ciroc, Storm Model, Nike, Pepsi & other big brands he's signed a deal with.
That guy is cashing out big big 💰💰.
— if my tweet pain you, drink sniper (@Sakpo007) January 7, 2020
Wizkid needs to blow his trumpet sometimes😪! So these clowns can respect him more. Man legit signed the Biggest record deal for an African Artist with Sony and he didn't talk about it💔😂!
Wizkid Is Not Your Fav's Mate!!!👌👑🙌❤💯 pic.twitter.com/MOL29b7mEa
— 🤙🤙❤🤙🤙 (@AnnMarie014) January 7, 2020
After much payola in the US soil, these people still don't know the self acclaimed no1. Everyone knows who the G.O.A.T. is (wizkid). Any other one is just ewu. Periodt pic.twitter.com/Vd1GZSP1gp
— Gravity (@antigravitylite) January 7, 2020
When we say @wizkidayo is the face of Afrobeat they won't hear…Now Grammy don tell una oo 👂👂#Wizkidfc pic.twitter.com/HI6omMSMfA
— Fresh Abuja Boy👑 (@I_am_lance01) January 7, 2020
my Mood when I see our king 🤴 Wizkid trending back to back for good reasons ::
everyday issa new bragging right for Wizkidfc : Grammy recognized your impact in Afrobeats a king 🦁 pic.twitter.com/iUQx8lF0JH
— Electric Vibe ⚡️⚡️⚡️ (@wetwizkid) January 7, 2020
From Grammy. Read and Diggest
I remember telling this polywags that Wizkid RCA deal is the biggest by an African act and it different from that of other…..
They call me liar that day. I don't know if Grammy lied to😁😁🔥🔥📌📌📌📌📌
Wizkid 🐐✌️✌️👌👌👌 pic.twitter.com/9g8jSTYGDy
— //|)🌲 (@MiZtA_MD) January 7, 2020
So grammy posted this nd fc came across it and ofcourse we were proud nd decided to restan nd hype our GOAT but as usual froggies started crying. This street go wound some people today 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/DYpDESsBWS
— Mrs 💛🌼 (@Simonia4wizman) January 7, 2020
Here are also some reactions from Team Davido:
DAVIDO IS THE ACTUAL REASON AFROBEAT IS NOW WIDELY ACCEPTED WHEN HE RELEASED FALL WITH NO FEATURE THE SONG WENT MAINSTREAM .pure African sound..but now people seem to forget easily BUT LETS GIVE CREDIT WHEN ITS DUE DAVIDO DESERVES IT ALL… pic.twitter.com/nIJRudeV9d
— Elvis ADELEKE🥶🥶 (@elvisagh) January 7, 2020
Wizkid tried for Afrobeats no lies, but D’banj and Davido did better by breaking in with their solo songs without any international act, Wizkid’s ojuelegba broke in international because of Skepta and Drake, one dance isn’t even an Afro beat song. Wiz whispered there not song.
— Esther Olayemi 🌸 (@Esther_Popping) January 7, 2020
Other Artist talk about it, dream about it but King Davido live it.. No 1 from the Black Continent 💯💯 pic.twitter.com/CQCDEs9X13
— Oluwamayor (@mayor_fino) January 7, 2020
Don't stress yourself when you are asked who the no 1 afrobeat artist just tell them👇👇👇
KING DAVIDO AND OTHERS pic.twitter.com/IL7CksKQOh
— Oluwamayor (@mayor_fino) January 7, 2020
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The song blow my mind is actually a juju,, not a normal afrobeat
And he (Davido) actually features in it I mean he owns it, spent his money on it also,, but wizkid was featured in the both song one dance and brown skin girl,, he didn’t stress himself and spent money in fact not much if actually he spend on it,, so Davido kept spending out and wizkid was been paid either,, which shows he’s the best,, give him what he deserves and fvck off