Afrobeat musician, Dede Mabiaku, has slammed fans describing singer, Naira Marley as rising Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
Mabiaku, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) criticized the fans, saying Naira Marley and legendary Fela are incomparable.
The comparison drama began on Twitter, after Naira Marley spent 34 days in jail over alleged cyber crime.
While leaving the court premises, Naira Marley took both hands up to give fans a “victory salute” — a sign that is attributed to the late Afrobeat legend on who was once imprisoned for a period of time.
Reacting Mabiaku said: “I hear a lot of people comparing that young man to Abami Eda, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Why are you trivializing the essence of your matrys?”
“Why are you bringing down Fela Anikulapo Kuti? Why are you rubbishing the essence of him in this corridor of nothingness? The boy, was he right in doing what he did? Ask yourself.”he said
“Because everything he (Fela) did was based on enlightening the people, wake up the minds of the people for the development of the society the right way with respect and regard for our cultures and traditions.” he added
Mabiaku also described the ‘soapy’ dance popularized by Marley as immoral and un-African.
He further noted that internet fraud – which Naira Marley was accused of by the EFCC – was not justifiable in any form, even for reparation which fraudsters often refer to justification.