Nigerian Singer, Davido has explained why there seems to be a lot of different pronunciations of his name.
Davido was a recent guest on The Daily Show hosted by Trevor Noah where they spoke on the pronunciation of his name, “Fem“, “A Better Time” and other issues.
At the opening of the interview, Trevor asked the singer what the right pronunciation of his name was.
Davido responded by saying that people pronounce his name depending on they are from. He cited examples of how Nigerians, South Africans, Europe pronounce his name differently.
The singer said that how people pronounce his name doesn’t really matter to him as long as it was his name.
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He also revealed that in 2016 when he signed his deal with Sony Music in New York and they weren’t really sure of what sound he should have, he told them that Afrobeats would become one of the biggest sounds.
In his words;
“Thank God. I told them years ago. I remember 2016 when I first got my deal in New York. I signed right here in New York, down the road in the Sony building and they were really not sure of what this sound would be like. And I told them, “you guys might not understand now but in a couple of years, this is going to be, if not the biggest, one of the biggest genres in the world”.
I did parts of my university in Alabama and I remember back then, one of my favourite bands from South Africa was Freshly Ground. In Nigeria, it was D Banj, P Square, etcetera… I was young, I went to college at 16, and I remember in my dorm room, they’ll be like “Yo. Yo, what’s that? Them drums is going hard! They sound good.” So, I always knew that eventually, it would be appreciated.”
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