Davido wins BET Award, urges Africa collaborations

Davido called for further collaborations between US and African musicians. (AFP pic)

LOS ANGELES: Nigerian pop star Davido won Best International Act on Sunday at the BET Awards and called for further collaborations between US and African musicians.

The BET Awards, established by Black Entertainment Television to recognise the best in African-American culture, maintains an international category for black musicians from outside the United States.

Davido, 25, thanked his listeners in Nigeria and said that Africa as a continent “has been so blessed.”

“I’m telling you guys – come to Africa, eat the food, wear the clothes,” he told the audience full of African-American A-list celebrities.

“Let’s collaborate, everybody. Let’s collaborate, man,” he said.

Davido, the US-educated son of a wealthy business mogul, is one of the leading forces in the Afrobeats movement that has swept the continent’s music scene.

Not to be confused with the funky Afrobeat of the 1970s, Afrobeats brings together sounds from across the continent to create a danceable, pan-African music.

Other artists nominated for the BET international award included British rappers Stormzy, J Hus, and Stefflon Don, French rappers Booba and Niska, and French soul singer Dadju.

Other nominees were hip-hop producer Cassper Nyovest and house music innovators Distruction Boyz from South Africa, along with Kinshasa-born singer and guitarist Fally Ipupa and Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage.