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I connect better with Burna Boy than Wizkid, says Rema


Afro-pop sensation of the moment Rema has shared his musical preference and model in the Nigerian music industry to the surprise of his fans and music enthusiasts.

The 19- year old Rema, a Mavin front-liner, in an interview with Media Platform, VICE on their Noisey’s “Questionaire of Life” disclosed his connectedness with Burna Boy over Wizkid.

During the conversation, he was asked different questions about his preferences. The “Dumebi” singer was asked to pick between Nas, Lil Nas, and XXXTentancion to which Rema picked XXXTentancion.

He was also to pick between Wizkid, Naira Marley, and Burna Boy. Rema picked Burna Boy, explaining that he connects better with the “Ye” singer.

Rema said the reason for this is because he loves the self-acclaimed African Giant’s stories and songs. He also said that he has learned how to deal with critics from watching Burna Boy.

His interview raised a lot of eyebrows from his fans and the other camps, that it brought back the question who was the poster boy for Afro-beats amongst fans.

Rema who’s been plain on the idea of comparison and constant rancor between artistes and fans had expressed at some point that collective support in the music industry is the only way to go.

According to him, fans should stop comparing him to people he calls his heroes.

He went further to say his win was everybody’s win and explained that Afrobeat is a movement and everyone needs all the support they can get.

He added that the comparisons between him and his heroes are unnecessary and people should stop trying to bring others down.

Rema wrote:

“My win is YOUR win, Afrobeat is a movement & we need all the support we can get. The comparisons between me & my heroes are unnecessary, let’s stop bringing down our own.
Let’s celebrate where Afrobeat is at today and focus on where it will be tomorrow, God bless you all.”

CANDIID ONLINE recalls that recently Rema was nominated in the Viewers’ Choice: Best International Act category, alongside Wizkid and Burna boy for this year’s edition of the BET award in other categories.

Davido & Wizkid

The Davido, Wizkid & BurnaBoy Triad:

For the most part of the uprising of Afro-beats and its rugged movement, the conversation of who’s to be crowned the poster boy of music in Africa has been tossed around these artistes.

The batons have been easily exchanged with each artist or talent taking turns to share their craft and contribute their quota to the export of sounds. Nonetheless, there’s still always that argument on who was far ahead of the pack.

Different fan-bases are sentimentally attached to their artistes and they provide enough grounds for why their choice of music head be ascribed a giant. Thus, the conversations are usually engineered to cause an uproar.

But since, the re-emergence of the self-acclaimed “African Giant” Burnaboy who has had an impressive 2 -year run from being back in the industry, the talk has gotten bigger.

A few weeks ago, Davido accosted the entire music community his position on the music scene, labeling himself and Wizkid as the “the two greatest to ever do it” sending a message to all who cared to listen and laying the birds to rest.


As anticipated Burnaboy’s arrogance jumped to the occasion as he reiterated himself as the “Odogwu” of the scene, reaffirming his position on the chart.

Still, the silent battle continues amongst the artistes and competition within the fandom. One thing has always been evident, though, every other time a new artist comes on the block, there’s always the pressure for them to validate inspiration and craft.

Thus the question everyone is waiting to be asked is “Who inspired your music or who do you look up to in the music industry”?

Every new artiste gets that question, and sometimes they are forced to answer those, and every time the expected answer falls within the “triad”.In this chat, Rema takes a position for genuine reasons and although it wasn’t expected by the fans, it says more and contributes to the conversation.

Watch the interview below;

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Written by Annie Phillips


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