It gives me great joy to see Nigerian Afrobeats artistes making waves overseas – Eldee
Ace Nigerian singer turned realtor, Lanre Dabiri, popularly known as Eldee the Don, has said that watching the likes of Wizkid, Davido and other new generational Afrobeats artiste succeed and be recognised globally is a thing of pride and joy.
The US-based songwriter who stated this while speaking in an interview with Hip TV, noted that it is like a father watching his child become successful.
According to Eldee, he is overwhelmed to witness the waves that the present crop of Nigerian artistes’ are making in other countries.
He also talked about a recent family trip to five countries in Europe and how he observed that Afrobeats music is making waves in non-black settlements.
Eldee said; “You know, the father who has watched a child become very very successful. That’s how it [Afrobeats artists’ growth] feels to me. Nothing gives me more joy.
“Recently, actually last year, we went on a family vacation to Europe. We went to five countries. Every single city that we were in, even in Venice where maybe there were only like, two other black people.
We were the only black family in the whole of Venice. We enter the stores and they are playing Afrobeats. From Rema to Joeboy to Fireboy to Burna Boy to Wizkid to Davido to Tiwa Savage everywhere.
“We were in Paris listening to the radio, to Latin radio and they were playing Afrobeats. Some of this stuff is mind-blowing if you know what was happening in Nigeria in 1995 or 1997 to 1998. It’s mind-blowing because in Nigeria then you couldn’t hear our own music on Nigerian radio.”