Olamide, others introduced live band into Afrobeats before Burna Boy – ID Cabasa tackles Ruger (VIDEO)

  • In a fiery and unapologetic response to Ruger and other industry voices, the eminent music producer ID Cabasa has emphatically dismantled the notion that Burna Boy was the first among his peers to incorporate live bands into his performances.
  • During a riveting interview, ID Cabasa passionately underscored the groundbreaking efforts of revered artists like Olamide, 9ice, and 2Baba, who have long elevated their performances with the magic of live bands.

Veteran music executive, Olumide Ogunade, popularly known as ID Cabasa, has boldly corrected the narrative surrounding the origins of live band performances in the Afrobeat genre.

Recently, during an interview, talented singer Ruger claimed that his Grammy-winning colleague, Burna Boy, was the pioneer who introduced live bands into Afrobeats performances.

Ruger argued that before Burna Boy’s era, most Afrobeats artists relied on DJ sets during their stage shows, and Burna Boy revolutionized live performances, making them more enjoyable.

Ruger said:

“Before Burna Boy started this live band thing most Afrobeats Act would just go on stage with their DJs and bounce, Burna boy makes live performance enjoyable.

“I don’t care if they give Burna Boy his flowers or not, but we the youngins from Nigeria know what he has done.”

In a recent episode of Adesope’s podcast, Legendary music producer ID Cabasa addressed Ruger’s claims about Burna Boy’s role in introducing live bands to the stage.

ID Cabasa firmly countered Ruger’s assertions by highlighting the significant contributions of seasoned artists he has collaborated with, such as 2Baba (formerly known as 2face), 9ice, and Olamide, who had long embraced live band performances well before Burna Boy’s era.

He emphasized the rich history and evolution of live music within the Afrobeat scene, underscoring the enduring legacy of these pioneering artists in shaping the genre’s live performance culture.


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