Fireboy DML urges infrastructure boost for afrobeats, calls for Lagos arenas
Afrobeats sensation, Adedamola Adefolahan, popularly known as Fireboy DML, has emphasized the crucial need for homegrown structures to sustain the global success of Afrobeats.
In a recent interview with Cool FM's Do2tun on Tuesday, December 11, the talented singer lamented about the lack of infrastructure in Nigeria, questioning when international fans would have the opportunity to experience live performances within the country.
Fireboy underscored the importance of establishing an arena in a city like Lagos to enhance global connections. Expressing his thoughts, he remarked, "Everyone is saying ‘Afrobeats to the world.’ The music is perfect. But there is no structure. The [foreign] fans are listening [to our music] but when are they going to come to Lagos and watch us perform? When are we going to have arenas in Lagos where we can bring people from all around the world? You know, it [structure] will make everything just easier."
During the interview, Fireboy candidly discussed the challenges he faces as an entertainer. While expressing his love for his job and the inspiration it provides, he admitted his aversion to the extended hours of flying, traveling, and socializing inherent in the life of an artist.
"I love what I do, but I don't like the process. I love that my work takes me places, but the process of traveling? No. I don't even like going out and interacting with people that much. So having to submit my passport and all those things don't appeal to me," shared the 'Peru' hitmaker.
The 27-year-old talented singer delved into the details of his highly successful tour in Australia, featuring three shows. Beginning with a performance at Promiseland in Gold Coast on September 30, 2023, Fireboy headlined two consecutive sold-out shows, captivating audiences across different locations.
Reflecting on the demanding nature of the tour, Fireboy revealed that upon returning to Nigeria, he recognized the toll extensive travel takes on his well-being. "It was a very crazy trip, long and far. When I got back, I was like, 'You know what? I need to take a break from traveling.' I took like two days off and decided to stop," he disclosed, shedding light on the physical and mental strain associated with constant travel.