- By Steve Holden
- Newsbeat Music Journalist
When they tell Fireboy DML to check DMs, I have to be convinced to say Ed Sheeran’s post is real.
Ed bin not sending a note to the Nigerian singer I say I’m a fan with and want to collaborate on the remix of im Afrobeats hit, Peru.
“I haven’t been listening to this song for weeks,” Fireboy told Radio 1 Newsbeat, from studio im in Lagos, Nigeria.
“Not only am I saying I can’t hear the song, but I’m already not recording a verse for myself as well.”
‘Anything you do na for the culture’
The 25-year-old is aware of the criticism because I say he features a big name on the track and waters down the origin of the song.
“Pipo bin dey tok says that Peru is already not big. E is already good enough without him”, tok Fireboy.
But I say “just tin” in my mind when I implicate Ed Sheeran with his remix and how it goes “amazing for Afrobeats”.
“It’s not a selfless mindset that comes with being an Afrobeats artist. Always in what you do for the culture.”
For this song, Ed sings a few lines for Yoruba, the language spoken by millions of pipo across West Africa, particularly in southwestern Nigeria.
“I’m awesome, “Fireboy, my real name is na Adedamola Adefolahan tok.
Fast forward, and now Peru’s remix is behind We Don’t Talk About Bruno, from the Disney film Encanto for the top of the UK Official Singles Chart.
“It will be amazing for the whole Afrobeats genre if I get to number one,” I say.
Di remix wit Ed Sheeran drop late last year but Peru has already become Fireboy’s biggest streaming hit to date and we spent four weeks for di top of di Official Afrobeats Chart.
Meet Ed bin dey ‘natural’
Anyone looking for hidden or deep meaning to follow their deception. As the lyrics of the songs say, Fireboy performs spontaneously after I arrive from Miami.
The singer signed with Olamide YBNL label, says I don’t think about the song too much and I’m recording it freestyle during the studio session, I don’t plan anything last July.
“I know I get a very beautiful and catchy song and when you get a catchy hook for Afrobeats, you literally aren’t smitten already.
Just before Christmas, Fireboy meets Ed Sheeran face to face for the first time to record a video for New York.
“Di atmosphere bin dey awesome,” im tok. “I haven’t listened to it for over 10 years now and I’m a pesin that makes me love acoustic guitar.”
“Blind Devotion” to Music
Fireboy hasn’t made music since I was a pikin kid but di “spark” didn’t catch fire until sophomore year of college.
“From then on, I go blind for everything else, including school and relationships. Music gives you blind devotion and obsession.”
With Peru’s success, Fireboy says I don’t want to have “too many big dreams and aspirations”.
“That’s not how you’re going to expose yourself to undue pressure. »
But 2022 is already looking like a busy year with tours in the US and UK, a third album and festival appearances, I’m not saying my new friend Ed should be involved.
“Stay tuned. We want to give fans some special memories this year.”