Legendary Nigerian singer Innocent Ujah Idibia, widely known as 2Baba, has affirmed his ongoing relevance in the music industry despite the rise of new Afrobeats artists.

In a recent interview with AFRIMMA, the “African Queen” hitmaker emphasized the contributions he and his contemporaries made to elevate Afrobeats to its current global status. He urged young artists to trust the journey and avoid being overly ambitious.

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2Baba highlighted Burna Boy as a prime example, noting that Burna Boy began by selling out small venues and building a strong fan base before moving on to larger arenas and stadiums.

“Burna Boy sells out Madison Square Garden and they [other artists] think they are on the same level. And that’s unrealistic. He knows what he passed through before getting to the level he is, and you have to go through that process in full. Burna boy didn’t just wake up and sell out Madison Square Garden, it’s a process that took a long time.

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He started by touring small venues and he built a huge followership from there. And you see the results now. It’s the same process. We are part of the sacrificers; the instrumental process [laughs],” he explained.

2Baba concluded by asserting his continuing impact, stating, “But that doesn’t take anything away from the fact that I am still very much relevant. I’m still here making good music.”