Popular Nigerian comedian, Koffi Idowu Nuel, who is simply known as Koffi, has asserted that singer, Tekno created afrobeats.
He said afrobeats couldn’t cross into the Western world until Tekno added “samples and bounces” to it, stressing that he [Tekno] produced Davido’s hit song ‘IF’ which was “the first afrobeats song to go international”.
The comic star said Tekno was, however, “relegated” when he fell ill.
Koffi stated this in a recent interview with Galaxy TV.
“Tekno is the man that created afrobeats. Beat me, fight me, I will defend it to the core.
“Before afrobeats could crossed globally, everybody [artist] was just trying to find it [the appealing sound]. But you see those sampling sounds and then the bounces, it was Tekno that discovered it.
“He was the one that brought ‘Pana’ and did that very nice video, and people were like, ‘Okay oh.’ Then he now handed it over to Davido. ‘If’ and ‘Fall’ by Davido, it was Tekno that created it [the beat], and they were the first two [afrobeats] songs that really went global.
“And then he [Tekno] was the same man that, whilst he was not able to do his thing, gave up ‘Buga.’ He has contributed quietly in a lot of ways. But because he was ill and do not showcase his paying to social media, they relegated him,” he said.