Davido says that African music is globally recognised
Nigerian music star Davido speaks openly on his own racism experience in the United States.
He made these pieces of information known to the public during an interview with Recording Academy. According to Davido, this racism was experienced first hand when he went to study in the United States.
He could not mingle freely as he received different kind of racial comments regarding his skin colour and his country of origin.
He said during the chat,“Yeah, of course. It’s crazy, because I’m from both America and Africa, so I know how both sides think. I went to school in Alabama. I went to college at 15. I was very young. And Alabama was a predominantly white state. So being an African kid in a university where it’s 13% Black people, it’s amazing. It’s not easy.
He went on to say, “I had to learn a lot of the things when I was like, “Yo, why you look at me like that?” And not even just being Black, being African. They used to ask me questions like, “Yo, how’d you get to America?” I’m like, “What you mean? I came on a plane.” “Oh, y’all got airports?” Now every American wants to go to Africa.”
“Everybody wants to know where they’re from. So it’s good to see the transition from not being appreciated, to being appreciated right now. Even with fashion. You got designers making African print fashion, so it’s not only music. The culture is being felt everywhere,” he added.
Davido also spoke on Africa and its entertainment industry and how African music is globally recognised. He said, “And once the Afrobeat come on, you can tell the difference from the scenery, the feeling, the beats. Most people don’t even know what we saying, but they still listen to it. So that’s the great thing about it.”