African Queen is everything and a Curse—2Baba reveals
The world might regard ‘African Queen’ as the music single that propelled 2Face Idibia, now empathetically called 2Baba to international stardom, but for some reasons he feels it’s become quite a problem for his career later on.
The Nigerian celebrity while speaking on the 5th episode of Showmax’s ‘Journey of the Beats’ reveals what a blessing and a pain, ‘a curse’ as he would call it in releasing the single to the world.
Of course, it was his first single hit in his career, as ‘African Queen’ brought him all the glory and exposure he needed, winning both the national and international awards.
The song was so popular that films, including a Hollywood film used it as a soundtrack for one of its romantic scenes back in the days.
‘African Queen’ was like a pilot in 2Baba’s illustrious music career and even earned him the moniker, ‘King of R and B’ in Nigeria for delivering a remarkable Afrobeat song to the world but why does 2Baba consider it quite problematic or a curse?
According to 2Baba, the song became quite the problem when it started serving as a benchmark for his other songs, in that all his singles began to pale in comparison.
The Nigerian star explains that his subsequent works after ‘African Queen’ became overshadowed in terms of its success, with 2Face having to live trying to best his own self as a result.
The Showmax piece explored a lot of subject matter pertaining to Afrobeats back in the day and at present, the events that contributed to its rise in the mid-200s. It also talked about the first Nigerian pop boy band Style Plus and the iconic but now defunct P-Square.
Indeed, the Nigerian music industry and Afrobeats in general have seen better days which like 2Baba makes us see, will be quite hard to replicate as whatever comes out in present day pales in comparison or will be held low to what the 1990s and 2000s brought Nigerians and Africans.