Comparing Fela, Naira Marley inappropriate – Dede Mabiaku

Dede Mabiaku

Afrobeat musician, Dede Mabiaku, has described the comparison between musician, Naira Marley, and Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, as inappropriate.

Mabiaku, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), slammed fans who described Naira Marley as a rising Fela.

“I hear a lot of people comparing that young man to Abami Eda, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Why are you trivialising the essence of your matrys?” he told the news agency.

“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.

“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.”

Mabiaku also described the ‘soapy’ dance popularised by Marley as immoral and un-African.

He 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.