Nigerian legendary singer, Innocent Idibia, better known as 2Baba has said ‘African Queen’, his debut single is a source of blessing and a curse to him.
2Baba confessed this while talking about the impact of the African Queen when he was featured in the fifth episode of the Journey of the Beats documentary which premiered on Showmax.
The documentary was centered on the history and rise of the Afrobeats genre.
The 46-year-old musician considers the 2004 hit song a blessing while affirming that the track brought him to the spotlight and won him awards, International recognition, and commendations.
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He also added that the song got him the “King of R&B” title in Nigeria and became a template for performing an outstanding Afrobeats song.
He went further to mention that the song happened to be a curse because its success now serve as a yardstick to his other songs.
According to him, ‘African Queen’ would always overshadow his other works in terms of success.
The fifth episode also explored momentous events that contributed to Afrobeats during the mid-2000s. These events included the Urban Kings, extremely the first Nigerian pop boy band, Style Plus, and the iconic duo, P-Square, to the Bariga boys such as ID Cabasa, 9ice, Da-grin, and Olamide, who brought the street sound, indigenous rap, an infusion of street slang, local dialects, and originality that spoke directly to the audience.
The ‘Journey of The Beats’ story continued in the sixth episode which was released on Thursday, July 28, 2022
Visit www.showmax.com to watch the latest episode.