Usher’s Afrobeats Aspirations: American R&B Star Eyes Collaboration with Burna Boy and Pheelz

Renowned Singer Delve into African Music Scene, Expresses Desire for Nigerian Musical Fusion

Renowned American R&B sensation Usher has set his sights on the vibrant world of Afrobeats, expressing a strong desire to collaborate with Nigerian musicians Burna Boy and Pheelz. Following his recent foray into the genre with notable collaborations, Usher aims to further immerse himself in the rich tapestry of African sounds and rhythms.

The Grammy-winning artist, known for his chart-topping hits, ventured into the Afrobeats realm with Burna Boy on the album track “Homecoming” and teamed up with Pheelz for “Ruin,” the lead single from his latest album. His decision to collaborate with these Nigerian talents underscores his keen interest in the burgeoning Afrobeats movement.

In a recent interview with Apple Music, Usher shed light on his motivations behind embracing Afrobeats and collaborating with Burna Boy and Pheelz. He credited Pheelz for influencing his collaboration with Burna Boy, highlighting the profound impact of Nigerian music on his creative journey.

“I am all about collaboration and bringing African, you know, Nigerian culture to my own world. Their music is really popular now. I wanted to be part of it [Afrobeats], that’s why I went to Africa to make this album,” Usher revealed.

Reflecting on his experiences in Ghana and Nigeria, Usher expressed admiration for the vibrant music scenes and cultural richness he encountered. Working closely with Pheelz, he recognized the immense talent and creativity within the Nigerian music industry, leading to the creation of the track “Homecoming” featuring Burna Boy.

“I picked up things when I was in Ghana. I picked up things when I was in Nigeria. And working with Pheelz, he created the record [‘Homecoming’]. I just felt that Burna Boy would take it to a different level of credibility. I really do enjoy him as an artist. I just felt that this song would only be lifted better if he was part of it,” Usher elaborated.

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With his sights set on fostering cultural exchange and musical synergy, Usher’s eagerness to collaborate with Burna Boy and Pheelz reflects the growing global appreciation for Afrobeats and the dynamic influence of Nigerian music on the international stage.

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