Nigerian singer and songwriter Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy is raising high the Nigerian flag and the African banner.
The 28 year old singer uses Afro fusion , reggae and dancehall to express himself through his art .Burna Boy is versatile and he is fast becoming a leading superstar in Africa .The African Giant, Burna Boy scooped the award for Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards ,BET Awards celebrate entertainment from sports ,television , movies and music .In the recently held MTV EMA’S Awards he won the award for Best African Act .
The MTV EMA’S awards were held at the FIBES Conference Centre in Seville Spain on the 3rd of November 2019 .Burna boy was nominated among other african warriors namely Toofan ,Nasty C , Prince Kaybee ,Teniola Apata and Harmonize .Everyone has a favorite song or artist but it’s no surprise for Burna Boy to become a more valuable player because he has been putting in work .
African Giant is Burna Boys 4th studio album and it was released July 26 ,2019 .The album starts with an African feel and spreads outward .The Nigerian superstar does not forsake his roots and is proudly African .A lot of artists have a disease of completely changing their art in order to fit the American sound as they feel it’s more popular and relatable .Burna Boy has remained authentic and appealing to different continents without losing his identity .At the 2019 BET Awards Burna Boy’s mother ,Bose Ogulu received the award on his behalf and in her acceptance speech she said ‘ Remember you were first an African before any other things ” .It is important for Africans to look back and appreciate who they are .
Music is spiritual and it hits harder .Celebrities are influential and as such ,a voice to the voiceless .Burna Boy is a fearless artist and advocates for change .This year he went on instagram to express how he was not impressed by the font size of his stage name on the Coachella poster , ‘@coachella l really appreciated you.But l don’t appreciate the way my name is written so small in your bill.l am an AFRICAN GIANT and will not be reduced to whatever that tiny writing means. Fix things quick pleae ,”.The instagram posts are now deleted but his posts had shown how he is a soldier .
Music engages many different parts of the brain ,helping us to feel things more deeply and drawing out hidden emotions .Music is a powerful weapon and a source of comfort as it improves mental health and the general well being
.Burna Boy urges Africans to move from the slave mentality and to defend themselves .During the South African xenophobia attacks ,the African Giant said he will never set foot again in SA until the government wakes up .Burna Boy’s music is played all over Nigeria , in the diaspora and Africa at large .
There are many aspects of music , music to calm down ,pump a person up and music that serves to take away silence .It is the responsibility of artists to create hope and just like politics and religion ,music is a keystone to emancipation from mental Slavery .All hail King Burna Boy for realness and being a African Giant and ambassador.