Afrobeats were invented by singer Tekno, according to well-known Nigerian comedian Koffi Idowu Nuel, also known as Koffi.
He emphasized that Tekno produced Davido's hit song "IF," which was "the first afrobeats song to go international," and claimed that until Tekno added "samples and bounces" to it, afrobeats could not enter the Western world.
The comic star said Tekno was, however, “relegated” when he fell ill.
Koffi stated this in a recent interview with Galaxy TV.
“Tekno is the man that created afrobeats. Beat me, fight me; I will defend it to the core.
“Before afrobeats could cross the globe, everybody [the artist] was just trying to find it [the appealing sound]. But you see those sampling sounds and then the bounces—it was Tekno that discovered them.
“He was the one that brought ‘Pana’ and did that very nice video, and people were like, ‘Okay, oh.’ Then he handed it over to Davido. ‘If’ and ‘Fall’ by Davido, it was Tekno that created it [the beat], and they were the first two [afrobeats] songs that really went global.
“And then he [Tekno] was the same man that, whilst he was not able to do his thing, gave up ‘Buga.’ He has contributed quietly in a lot of ways. But because he was ill and did not showcase his work on social media, they relegated him,” he said.