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Afrobeats’ success has only just started – Killertunes

A Nigerian producer, now artist, has told the BBC that the success of the Afrobeats music genre has only just started.

“I feel like we’re just starting. We’re not even there yet. Give us time,” Otaniyen-Uwa Daniel said.

“For me, my measure of success is that I want to hear the songs in Mexico, in China and Korea, everywhere. Everyone knows reggae music. I want people to listen to us like that,” he continued.

Killertunes was born in Benin City and has gone on to produce top artists such as Wizkid, Mr Eazi, and his mentor Timaya.

Killertunes has worked with some of Nigeria’s biggest music stars

His production skills are also self-taught: “Back then in Benin there was no internet, to go on YouTube. I didn’t even know there was something like YouTube where I could learn to produce.”

His first big hit came when he was producing for Timaya on a track called I Concur.

He says on his current project he is blending RnB with jazz and is particularly excited about an as-yet unreleased track he has recorded with Patoranking and Davido.

“Whenever that song drops, trust me… it’s over!”

You can listen to his full interview here.

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