David Adeleke, nicknamed Davido, a Nigerian artist, has stated that he deserves his recent Forbes title as “King of Afrobeats” because it has always been his desire to see the genre become ubiquitous in the Western world.
He revealed this in a recent Billboard News interview.
He claimed to be one of the first afrobeats artists to contract with a big international record company.
When asked how he felt about being dubbed the “King of Afrobeats” by Forbes, Davido replied,
“I mean, it’s true. I have lived in both places; I have lived in America. I went to school right here too, in Alabama. I was always spreading the gospel of African culture; the food, fashion.
“So, when it was time to do music, my dream was always the crossover; ‘When will that crossover happen?’ And you know, I was one of the first to get signed by a major label.”