Top Readz presents detailed information about Grammys winner and sensational African musician Burna Boy.
Burna Boy has fast grown to become the face of African music and it is super amazing. It must be noted that the young artistes worked so hard to reach the level he is currently.
There are some information worth knowing about the face of African music.
Burna Boy’s fusion of Dancehall, Reggae, Afro-beat, and Pop aided him to emerge in the early part of the 2010s as one of Nigeria’s fastest-rising stars.
In 2012, Burna released a single dubbed “Like to Party” and it proved to be his breakout track and paved the way for his full-length debut, L.I.F.E, a year later.
Over the next five years, Burna released two more albums and collaborated with a variety of artists, from J Hus and Skales to Fall Out Boy and Lilly Allen, Justin Bieber, Ed-Shareen, Stormzy, etc.
His international exposure widened with 2018’s Outside, which hit number three on the Billboard Reggae chart and won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Album of the Year. In advance of his next LP, 2019’s African Giant, Burna made his first appearance at California’s Coachella festival where he rocked the stage classically.
It will be a very clever move to know that Burna Boy was born in Damini Ogulu located within Lagos in the year 1991.
He began making music at just ten years old when a classmate at school gave him a copy of the production software FruityLoops and he built it up to this level.
Armed with these means, he began to create his own beats on an old computer. After he graduated, he moved to London to attend university, but he dropped out after two years and moved back to Nigeria where he began to venture into music full time.
In 2010, the 19-year-old Ogulu traveled to Nigeria’s southern coast, where a mutual acquaintance, producer LeriQ, had some studio space. This marked a period when he began to connect to the music of his native country, having spent most of his youth immersed in American acts like DMX.
He delved into the dancehall and reggae music his father listened to, and explored the Afro-beat music preferred by his grandfather (who had also been Fela Kuti’s first manager). As a result of his new discoveries, Ogulu created a confluence of genres that would become his signature sound.
With production by LeriQ, Burna Boy created “Like to Party,” which marked his rise to prominence and generated a local buzz along the way. 2013 saw the release of his debut studio album; featuring guest slots from Wizkid, Timaya, 2face, and M.I., L.I.F.E drew favourable reviews from the music press.
For his sophomoric effort, 2015’s On a Spaceship, Burna parted ways with both his record company and LeriQ, and delivered a record even more diverse than his first. In 2017, he teamed up with producer Juls for the single “Rock Your Body.”
A host of singles followed throughout the year, including “GBA,” “Streets of Africa,” “Koni Baje,” and “Sekkle Down,” featuring J Hus.
After releasing the Lily Allen-aided single “Heaven’s Gate” in early January 2018, Burna delivered his third album, Outside, later that month.
Burna Boy returned a year later with the single “Killin Dem,” a collaboration with Zlatan. Along with additional singles like “Dangote” and “On the Low,” it was later included on his fourth album, African Giant, which saw release in July 2019.
The massive project was nominated in the Best World Music Album category at the 62nd Grammy Awards.
In August 2020, Burna issued the full-length Twice as Tall that has the Executive Production going to Didi, which included the single “Wonderful.” Featured on the album were guest appearances by Youssou N’Dour, Naughty by Nature, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and others.
The mega work put in the project aided him to bag a Grammy Award for the Best Global Music Album category.
The name ‘African Giant’ was given to him by his grandfather when he was very young. At the moment, he is the biggest artiste from Africa.