“If I Stop Music Today, My Name Will Be in Afrobeat Bible”: Rema Brags After Ballon d’Or Feat

“If I Stop Music Today, My Name Will Be in Afrobeat Bible”: Rema Brags After Ballon d’Or Feat

  • Nigerian singer Rema is making history one beat and song at a time, and he knows his impact on the Afrobeat genre
  • In an interview on i-D's The New Wave Issue, Rema talked about the feats he has pulled off and his aspirations for his career
  • The singer also revealed that even if he decides to stop singing, Afrobeat history cannot be written without him
  • In an exclusive chat with Legit.ng, Cool FM OAP, Gucci Augustus Aigbe shed the spotlight on just how big Rema has become at 23

At 23, Divine Ikubor, aka Rema, has greatly impacted music and Afrobeat at home and abroad.

In an interview, the singer revealed he was aware of the history and name he had made for himself.

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Nigerian singer Rema
Rema speaks of his impact on Afrobeat Photo credit: @heisrema
Source: Instagram

Rema said being different was unfamiliar with the Nigerian music scene, and some people characterised his sound as Indian.

He said:

“The energy was that they’d get it eventually. I took it as motivation, when you play a video game and you see the bad guys shooting at you, you know that’s the right way. Everything they doubted, everything they laughed at me for, I built on it. They called me Indian Boy; I went to India. I’m the first artist to shut down four cities in India, 5000 capacity and above. No one can deny that I’ve impacted Afrobeats on a global scale.”

On his impact on Afrobeat as a genre, the 23-year-old said he is aware of the history he is making and the influence he has had since he entered the music scene. For Rema, history can't be written without him.

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In his words:

“I’m not saying I want to stop. But if I say I want to stop right now, my name is still going to be on the Afrobeats bible, if there is an Afrobeats bible to be dropped,” he says, nodding to his Christianity. “I’ll literally be in the New Testament, on the front page.”

Recall that the singer added another feather to his hat of achievements at the 2023 Ballon d'Or ceremony. A photo made the rounds on social media of the Calm Down crooner with one of the show hosts and legendary footballer, Didier Drogba.

Rema has every right to say what he said - OAP Gucci Augustus Aigbe

In a chat with Legit.ng, radio host, Gucci said Rema is no longer in Davido, Wizkid or Burna Boy's league, and he has every right to brag about his achievements for Afrobeat as a genre.

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He said:

"Rema has every right to say what he said. He said if he stops music now, his name would be in the Afrobeats bible and then hours later he performed at the biggest sports award “The Ballon’dor”. What else do you need as proof to know he is him? This is someone who is just 23 but already christened the Prince of Afrobeats. Cmon! He has the most streamed song on Spotify. He has the most watched Video on YouTube. He is the highest charting African on the Billboard. This is not bragging rights, but facts."

Rema's performance moves Cubana Chiefpriest to tears

Legit.ng earlier reported that the singer's performance at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris drew a reaction from socialite Cubana Chiefpriest.

Shortly after the video of the top performance went viral, Cubana Chiefpriest could not hide his emotions and took to his official Instagram page to address it.

According to the socialite, he was moved to tears over Rema's performance. He noted that the young singer shook hands with the top footballers as if he knew them from Ring Road in Benin City.

Source: Legit.ng

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Maymunah Ajetunmobi (Entertainment Deputy HOD) Maymunah Ajetunmobi is a journalist and the deputy HOD of the entertainment desk with over two years of work experience at Legit.ng. She graduated from the University of Ilorin in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology and has moved on to pursue courses and a degree in communication. Maymunah joined Legit.ng in 2020, and emerged Editor with Top Entertainment Article in 2021. She has written exclusive articles, unique pieces, and interviews. Email: ajetunmobi.maymunah@corp.legit.ng

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