Daniel Benson (born 14 May 1997), known professionally as Bnxn (pronounced as Benson) and formerly known as Buju,[1] is a Nigerian Afro-fusion singer,[2] songwriter and record producer.[3]

Bnxn
Birth nameDaniel Benson
Also known asBuju, Bujutoyourears
Born (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 25)
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2018 – present
Labels

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Lagos. He hails from Akwa Ibom state. He was previously signed to Burna Boy's Spaceship Records.[4] He grew up in Gbagada with his family, relocating to Ogun State.[5]

CareerEdit

Buju released the extended play project Sorry I'm Late on 27 October 2021, under the management of T.Y.E/EMPIRE. It featured guest appearances from Nigerian Highlife music duo, The Cavemen, and production from Steph, Perlz, Denzl, Timi Jay and Rexxie. It was mixed and mastered by Vtek and Poppil.[6] Motolani Alake of Pulse Nigeria said that it "projects confidence, wins and 'comfort".[7][8][9] Buju performed his first show in London on 30 November, marking the beginning of his Sorry I'm Late tour.[10]

On 22 December 2021, Buju headlined his first sold-out concert,[11][12] which was also his debut concert in Lagos.[13] held at Balmoral Convection centre, Lagos.[14]

In 2022, Buju officially changed his name to BNXN to avoid confusion for being mistaken with Buju Banton and having more unique branding.[15][16] In March 2022, he collaborated with Pheelz on the single "Finesse";[17] the song peaked at number 52 on the UK's Official Singles Chart.[18] In July 2022, he featured on the Jae5 song "Propeller" alongside British rapper Dave.[19] The song became Bnxn's first Top 40 single in the United Kingdom, entering the chart at number 38.[20]

On 4 September 2022, Bnxn won The Headies 2022 Next Rated award which was held on Sunday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[21]

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Title Reference
2018 "Catch a Vibe"
"Wahala"
2019 "Energy"
"Commander"
"Spiritual" (featuring Zlatan) [23]
"L'enu"
"Ohema & TMXO"
2020 "So Lovely"
"Lenu Remix" (featuring Burna Boy) [24]
2021 "Outside" [25]
"Testimony"
"Italy" (featuring Blaq Diamond)
2022 Kenkele (feauturing Wande Coal) [26]

As featuredEdit

Year Title Producer Album Reference
2021 "Feeling" (Ladipoe) P.Prime Providence (EP)
"Bling" (Blaqbonez) Sex Over Love
"Alubarika" (Zlatan) [27][28] Resan
"Confident" (Savage)
"Mood" (Wizkid) P2J Made in Lagos [29]
"Your Body" (Basketmouth) [30]
"Times Two" (Wani) [31]
"Cold Outside" (Timaya)
2022 "Sweet Daddy" (Dai Verse) Semzi
"Saloo (Remix)" (Kashcoming)
"Hustle" (Reminisce) Sarz
"Finesse" (Pheelz) Miichkel
"Propeller" (Jae5) feat Dave Jae5
"Ocean" (B Young)
"Pray 2 The East" (M Huncho)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2019 The Headies 2020 Rookie Himself Nominated [32]
2020 City People Entertainment Awards Revelation of the Year Himself Won [33]
2021 AFRIMMA African Fan Favourite "Outside" [A] Nominated
AFRIMMA Best Artist or Duo Group Ladipoe featuring Buju – "Feeling" [A] Nominated
AFRIMMA Best African Rapper or Lyricist Ladipoe featuring Buju – "Feeling"[A] Nominated [34]
AFRIMMA Best Promising Artiste "Outside" [A] Nominated [35]
AFRIMMA Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop Blaqbonez – "Bling" featuring Amaarae and Buju) [A] Nominated
2022 Grammy Awards Best Global Music Album Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition by Wizkid Nominated [36]
The Headies 2022 Next Rated Himself Won [37]
Best Rap Single "Feelings" – Ladipoe feat. Bnxn Won [38]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Edeme, Victoria. "Singer Buju changes stage name to 'BNXN'". The Punch. The Punch Newspaper. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  2. ^ Alake, Motolani (4 November 2021). "Mayorkun is shocked that Buju's name is Daniel Benson". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  3. ^ Alake, Motolani (26 May 2021). "Burna Boy, Joeboy, Omah Lay, Buju, Tems emerge as part of the most-streamed artists in the world on Audiomack". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  4. ^ Unamka, Sampson (5 July 2021). "Buju exits Burna Boy's label". The Nation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  5. ^ Benson, Daniel (30 March 2020). "Interview: Buju Is the Blooming Afro-Fusion Artist You Should Know". OkayAfrica (Interview). Interviewed by Adedayo Laketu. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
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  17. ^ Conteh, Mankaprr (18 March 2022). "Pheelz and Bnxn's 'Finesse' is Utterly Cool — and Breaking Through Globally". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 August 2022.
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  19. ^ Keith, James (29 July 2022). "JAE5 Calls On Dave & BNXN For Summer Groover "Propeller"". Complex UK. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
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  30. ^ Admin (10 October 2021). "Basketmouth flexes muscle, taps BUJU in new single, "Your Body"". The Guardian on Sunday. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  31. ^ Guardian Life (23 July 2021). "WANI RELEASES "TIMES TWO" FT BUJU AHEAD "LAGOS CITY VICE II" EP". The GuardianLife. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  32. ^ "Headies Award 2019: Nominees and Winners". Vanguard. 19 October 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  33. ^ Reporter (7 December 2020). "WINNERS EMERGE AT 2020 CITY PEOPLE MUSIC AWARDS [FULL LIST]". City People Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
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  37. ^ "HEADIES 2022: Wizkid makes history as BNXN wins Next Rated (FULL WINNERS LIST)". Premium Times. 5 September 2022. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  38. ^ "Wizkid & Tems Are Top Winners at 2022 Headies Awards Full WinnersList". Billboard. 5 September 2022. Retrieved 5 September 2022.