Between King Of Afro Pop 2Baba’s “20YearsAKing” And America’s Queen Of Pop Beyonce’ 22 Years “Homecoming”
By Sunny Green Itodo
First,the two artists (or should I say legends) in question are not in the same pedestal.
But one thing is for sure,they are both regarded as legends in their respective nations.
More common, they have had over two decades of music dominance in their respective industries.
Aside this,comparing 2Baba with Queen Bey is like comparing Nigeria with Almighty America.
Here is an internationally acclaimed Queen of pop,worth over 400 million Dollars,with over 20 Grammies and 100 Million+ followers, who needs no introduction anywhere under the sun.
And here is an MTV Europe Best African act award winning singer,best known for his hit single “African Queen” with less than 10 Million Insta followers.
That aside,both Beyonce and 2Baba started off as breakout members of music groups,”Destiny’s Child” and “Plantashun Boys” respectively.
Beyonce rose from being a band member of “Destiny’s Child” to universal music prominence, while 2Baba (formerly known as 2Face) rose from singing local numbers, “Oklobiam Tete”, ” Owogiya” in his former band to a champion voice for Nigerian music with “African Queen”.
*They both have celebrity spouses; Beyonce & Jay Z, 2Face & Annie.
While Beyonce is tied to Jay Z the rich and influential American rapper and head honcho of Roc Nation,2Baba is married to Nigeria’s Nollywood actress Annie Macaulay.
Both artists’ spouses are very supportive to their careers.
Beyonce and Jay Z have a joint album and several singles.
2Baba’s breakout jam ” African Queen” featured cameo appearance from the young Annie.
2Baba’s #20YearsAKing saw him dominating the Naija music at the beginning of the millennium with hits like; Wake up in the morning, Enter the place,Be There,If Love Is A Crime,Only Me,Implication etc
He goes on to win numerous awards including; MOBO award,MTV Europe, MTV Africa,Headies,Channel O etc
He have also share the stage with international artists like; R Kelly,Akon,T-Pain etc
And have had international collaborations with African 8 “Hands Across The World” (written by R-Kelly), R-Kelly ” Flex”, Juliet Kelly “Let Somebody Love You”, Michael Montana ” Go”,T-Pain “Rainbow” etc
He’s regarded as one of the propagators of Afro beat/pop and a legend of the genre.
Many top Nigerian and African acts including D’banj,Davido,Burnaboy and Wizkid have paid homages to him on one or two occasions.
20 years and still kinging..!
Beyonce’ over 22 years “Homecoming” is simply fulfilling!
Here is a human figure that’s larger than life itself.
Her 22 years have been so much fulfilment for someone who’s showing no sign of bowing out soon.
Queen Bey,Mama Blue Ivy (am sure if she were a Nigerian that’s what we would have being calling her abi mama ejima?),shocked the whole world with her surprise album and electrifying documentary “Homecoming” which was released on world’s number online streaming platform Netflix.
Beyonce is known to have a magic finger as any pie she lays her hands turns into gold.
She’s just too perfect..Beyonce is the new adjective for perfection!
But irrespective of her intimidating profile,I strongly believe the duos (Beyonce and 2Face) still have a lot in common as legends of both worlds; Naija and Yankee)..even though it’s like comparing Dangote with Bill Gates lolz
Sunny Green Itodo