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African Giant is the fourth studio album by Nigerian singer Burna Boy. It was released in the United States by Atlantic Records/Bad Habit and abroad by Warner Music (excluding Africa) on July 26, 2019.[1] The album has been supported by five singles: "Gbona", "On the Low", Killin Dem", "Dangote" and "Anybody".

African Giant
Burna Boy - African Giant.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 2019 (2019-07-26)
Recorded2018–2019
GenreAfro-fusion
Length60:21
Label
Producer
  • Kel P
  • Dre Skull
Burna Boy chronology
Steel & Copper
(2019)
African Giant
(2019)
Singles from African Giant
  1. "Gbona"
    Released: September 27, 2018
  2. "On the Low"
    Released: November 16, 2018
  3. "Killin Dem"
    Released: January 3, 2019
  4. "Dangote"
    Released: March 1, 2019
  5. "Anybody"
    Released: June 14, 2019

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Burna Boy began recording African Giant in 2018. He told Billboard magazine that the album is his most personal yet.[1] He first revealed plans to release the album in April 2019, and held a private listening session in Los Angeles.[2] Photos and videos from the listening session were shared on social media. African Giant was initially announced as a 16-track album.[2] In order to promote the album, Burna Boy will headline the African Giant Returns tour, the second leg of his African Giant tour.[3] In July 2019, Burna Boy was announced as Apple Music's Up Next artist. His inclusion into the program was accompanied by a Beats 1 interview with Julie Adenuga and a short documentary.[4]

SinglesEdit

"Gbona" (Yoruba: Hot) was released as the album's lead single on September 27, 2018. Produced by Kel P, the song is a fusion of Afrobeat and reggae.[5] The Clarence Peters-directed music video for "Gbona" features Kalukata-influenced female dancers.[6] "Gbona" was recorded in Nigerian pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo.[5] In a review for Pan African Music, Wale Owoade praised the song's production and said it "thrives on the harmonious fusion of a static sound of the past with an infectious dance vibe from the present".[7]

The album's second single "On the Low" was released on November 16, 2018. It is a fusion of Afrobeat and dancehall.[8] "On the Low" was produced by Kel P and has been described as a mid-tempo love song. The accompanying music video for "On the Low" was shot and directed by Meji Alabi.[9] Lindsay Howard of Variance magazine said the song is "instantly reminiscent of long days and hot nights".[10]

The Zlatan-assisted "Killin Dem" was released as the album's third single on January 3, 2019. Also produced by Kel P, "Killin Dem" is a blend of Burna Boy's Afro-fusion and Zlatan's cock-sure rap bars.[11] The Prodigeezy-directed music video for "Killin Dem" incorporates clips from a Zubby Michael Nollywood film and features a mixture of Zanku dance styles.[12]

"Dangote" was released as the album's fourth single on March 1, 2019. The Kel P-produced track was recorded in Yoruba, Nigerian pidgin and English.[13] The song is named after Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote, and is an angry indictment of poverty in Nigeria.[14] The music video for "Dangote" was shot and directed by Clarence Peters. The video depicts the desperation of the poor and their oppression.[14] In the video, viewers can see an unlicensed pharmacist selling drugs in a public vehicle, as well as a preacher passing around a plate for donations. The New Afrika Shrine is also depicted in the video.[14]

The album's fifth single "Anybody" was released on June 14, 2019. It contains a sample of Angelique Kidjo's "We We". A music video directed by Clarence Peters accompanied the song's release. The video features various neon hues as well as dancers in numerous wardrobes.[15] Pitchfork writer Alphonse Pierre praised the song's melody and said Burna Boy's best attribute is his vocal versatility.[16] As part of Apple Music's Up Next programming, Burna Boy performed "Anybody" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[17]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."African Giant"Damini OguluBenjamzill beats3:04
2."Anybody"OguluP2J3:08
3."Wetin Man Go Do"Ogulu 3:08
4."Dangote"OguluKel P3:45
5."Gum Body" (featuring Jorja Smith)
  • Ogulu
  • Jorja Smith
Benjamzill beats3:15
6."Killin Dem" (featuring Zlatan)
  • Ogulu
  • Omoniyi Raphael
Kel P3:41
7."Omo"OguluMr Kleb beats2:27
8."Secret" (featuring Jeremih and Serani)
  • Ogulu
  • Jeremy Felton
  • Craig Marsh
 3:23
9."Collateral Damage"Ogulu 3:17
10."Another Story" (featuring M.anifest)
  • Ogulu
  • Kwame Tsikata
 4:16
11."Pull Up"OguluKel P3:07
12."Blak Ryno (Skit)"  1:06
13."Destiny"Ogulu 3:17
14."Different" (featuring Damian Marley and Angélique Kidjo)
  • Ogulu
  • Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
  • Angélique Kidjo
 3:16
15."Gbona"OguluKel P3:07
16."On the Low"OguluKel P3:05
17."Show & Tell" (featuring Future)
  • Ogulu
  • Nayvadius Wilburn
Dre Skull2:42
18."This Side" (featuring YG)
  • Ogulu
  • Keenon Jackson
 3:22
19."Spiritual"OguluKel p3:41
Total length:60:00

PersonnelEdit

  • Damini Ogulu – primary artist, writer
  • Kel p Amba – production (track 15)
  • Kel P Amba – production (track 4, 16)

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 58
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 98
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 33
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[21] 12
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 54
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 80
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 64
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 16
US Billboard 200[26] 104

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Various July 26, 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nick Duerden (July 19, 2019). "How Burna Boy Became Nigeria's Surprise Success Story". Billboard. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Odion Okonofua (April 17, 2019). "Pulse Exclusive: Burna Boy set to drop new album 'African Giant'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Burna Boy Announces 'The African Giant Returns Tour'". OkayAfrica. June 17, 2019. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Kam Tambini (July 9, 2019). "Burna Boy Is Apple Music's New 'Up Next' Artist". OkayAfrica. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Tomiwa (September 25, 2018). "Burna Boy – "Gbona"". TooXclusive. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Wandera Hussien (September 27, 2018). "Burna Boy drops "Gbona" music video". The Fader. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Wale Owoade (October 22, 2018). "Best of the Moment: 'Gbona' by Burna Boy". Pan African Music. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Tomiwa (November 15, 2018). "Burna Boy – "On The Low"". TooXclusive. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "New video: Burna Boy – On The Low". Pan African Music. November 19, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Lindsay Howard (November 16, 2018). "Summer is back thanks to Burna Boy's new song 'On the Low'". Variance. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Debola Abimbolu (January 25, 2019). "SEE THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR BURNA BOY AND ZLATAN'S "KILLIN DEM"". Native Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  12. ^ Kam Tambini (January 25, 2019). "Watch Zlatan & Burna Boy's New Music Video For 'Killin Dem'". OkayAfrica. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  13. ^ "Burna Boy unveils emotional music video 'Dangote'". Pan African Music. March 5, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  14. ^ a b c Joey Akan (March 7, 2019). "Dangote Isn't Nigeria's Hero, But Don't Ask Burna Boy". OkayAfrica. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  15. ^ Isaac Rouse (June 14, 2019). "Burna Boy Drops Visuals for New Single 'Anybody'". Hypebeast. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  16. ^ Alphonse Pierre (June 14, 2019). "The Ones: Burna Boy's "Anybody"". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Emily Zemler (July 24, 2019). "Watch Burna Boy Bring the Vibes With 'Anybody' on 'Kimmel'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
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  23. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 2 August 2019". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
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  25. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
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