Top 4 Reasons Why We Should Never Compare Fela and Wizkid

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This discourse about Wizkid being called a legend has been going for a long time now. Sadly, as if the above topic is not too much to chew, the star boy has been ignorantly or deliberately put on the same par as Fela again. Probably because die hard fans of the ‘Ojuelegba’ crooner really don’t have enough things to say about Wizkid and Fela without having to put the two Nigerian music icons on a weighing balance.

Apparently, the latest reason fueling the very unfortunate comparison between Fela and Wizkid comes on the heels of a successful sold out concert at Royal Albert Hall in London by the latter.  As far the story goes Wizkid is the first African artist to have a sold out show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall with a sitting capacity of 5, 000.

Social media, especially Twitter broke loose with praises for the 27 year old artist. The frenzy orgasmed when folks began placing Wizkid on the same revered legendary status as Fela. This one too many comparisons between Wizkid and Fela is at the moment unripe.

Firstly, all eulogies to Wizkid for how much he has been able to accomplish in his less than a decade long career in music. What more can I say, the star boy keeps hitting new milestones every year and sometimes we can only gap in awe of his ‘doings’.

Ascribing Wizkid as a legend and more saddening picturing him in the same light as the Afrobeat progenator Fela is shallow for the following reasons.

Fela Pioneered The Afrobeat Genre.  

One of Fela’s biggest legacy is the innovation of the now globally recognized and curated genre of music classified as Afrobeat. Afrobeat which is directly linked to Fela Kuti is mainly a blend of Jazz and highlife which is resultant in a rich syrupy music. Many contemporary African and international artists have sampled Fela’s works on their music. Even Wizkid in whom we are well pleased has been largely inspired by Fela, ‘Ojuelegba’ says it the most. Meanwhile, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun has actually not done anything out of the ordinary with the his sound.

Wizkid’s Music Rarely Goes Beyond The Superfluous Themes Of Youthful Exuberance, Money And Infatuation.

Fela Kuti used his music not only for entertainment but consciously as a weapon. The Afrobeat originator is best known for criticizing and opposing ‘bad government’ during his time and he paid dearly for it. He and his immediate family were antagonized over and over. Wizkid’s entire discography has no song which stirs a certain consciousness like Tupac, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson etc.


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