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Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (born 2 July 1991), known professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian Afro-fusion singer and songwriter.[1][2] He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing the lead single "Like to Party" from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Group internationally. His third studio album Outside marked his major-label debut.[3]

Burna Boy
Birth nameDamini Ogulu
Born (1991-07-02) 2 July 1991 (age 28)
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
GenresAfro Fusion, Afrobeat
Occupation(s)Songwriter
Years active(2010–present)
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.onaspaceship.com

Contents

CareerEdit

2012–2015: L.I.F.E and On a SpaceshipEdit

Aristokrat Records released Burna Boy's debut studio album L.I.F.E on 12 August, 2013. It serves as the follow-up to his second mixtape, Burn Identity (2011). L.I.F.E sold 40,000 copies on the first day of its release. Aristokrat Records later sold the album's marketing rights to Uba Pacific for ₦10 million.[4] The release of the album was preceded by five singles: "Like to Party", "Tonight", "Always Love You", "Run My Race" and "Yawa Dey".

Produced entirely by Leriq, L.I.F.E features guest appearances from 2face Idibia, M.I, Timaya, Olamide, Reminisce and Wizkid.[5] Nigeria Entertainment Today ranked the album 10th on their list of the 12th best albums of 2013.[6] The music of L.I.F.E draws heavily from the music of Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and Bob Marley. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, who applauded its versatile production. It was nominated for Best Album of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In August 2013, L.I.F.E peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.[7]

In 2014, Burna Boy split from Aristokrat records.[8] In 2015, he created his own record label called Spaceship Entertainment.

He released his second album On a Spaceship on 25 November, 2015.[9] In September 2016, he released the 7-track EP Redemption, with the lead single "Pree Me" debuting on Noisey.[10][11]

2018–present: Outside and African GiantEdit

In January 2018, Burna Boy was featured on "Sunshine Riptide", a track from Fall Out Boy's Grammy-nominated seventh studio album, MANIA (2018).[12] He released his third studio album Outside on 26 January 2018. Described as a mixtape by the singer, Outside consists mostly of Afrobeats, dancehall, reggae and road rap. It features guest vocals from English musicians J Hus, Lily Allen and Mabel. Outside was supported by six singles: "Rock Your Body", "Streets of Africa", "Koni Baje", "Sekkle Down", "Heaven's Gate" and "Ye". Its production was handled by Leriq, Baba Stiltz, Jae 5, Juls, Chopstix, Steel Banglez, Fred Gibson, Phantom and FTSE. The album received critical acclaim and was ranked by Pulse Nigeria and Nigerian Entertainment Today as the best Nigerian album of 2018.[13][14] It won Album of the Year at the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[15] In February 2018, Outside debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.[16] The album's biggest single "Ye" ended up atop most Nigerian publications year-end list as the biggest song of 2018.[17][18]

On 7 October 2018, Burna Boy performed before a sold-out crowd at London's O2 Academy Brixton.[19] A day prior to the show, he held a pop-up event at Red by Little Farm and sold limited boxes of his Space Puffs cereal, as well as custom notepads, lighters and graphic tee-shirts.[20] On 9 October 2018, Burna Boy was announced as one of Spotify's New Afro Hub Takeover Artist.[21] The announcement coincided with him being named YouTube's Artist on the Rise for 3 months.[22]

On 3 January 2019, he was announced alongside Mr Eazi as one of the artists performing at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[23] He won four awards at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, including African Artiste of the Year, Listener's Choice and Best Male MVP.[24]

On 21 March 2019, Burna Boy released a 4-track collaborative EP with Los Angeles-based electronic duo DJDS, titled Steel & Copper.[25]

Burna Boy's fourth studio album African Giant was released on 26 July 2019. It has been supported by five singles: "Gbona", "On the Low", Killin Dem", "Dangote" and "Anybody", a cover of Angelique Kidjo's song "We We". He began recording the album in 2018. He told Billboard magazine that the album is his most personal yet.[26] He first revealed plans to release the album in April 2019, and held a private listening session in Los Angeles.[27] Photos and videos from the listening session were shared on social media. African Giant was initially announced as a 16-track album.[27] In order to promote the album, Burna Boy will headline the African Giant Returns tour, the second leg of his African Giant tour.[28]

On 24 June 2019, Burna Boy won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards.[29] 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.[30]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

MixtapesEdit

  • Burn Notice (2011)
  • Burn Identity (2011)

EPsEdit

  • Redemption (2016)
  • Steel & Copper (with DJDS) (2019)

Selected singlesEdit

Year Title Album Producer
2011 "Shobeedo" (Freestyle) Non-album single
2012 "Like to Party" L.I.F.E Leriq
"Tonight"
2013 "Run My Race"
"Yawa Dey"
"Celebrate" Non-album single GospelOnDeBeatz
"Won Da Mo" (featuring D'banj) DeeVee
2014 "Rockstar" Leriq
"Don Gorgon" Spellz
"Check and Balance"
2015 "The Realest" On a Spaceship Simba Tagz
"Rizzla" J Fem
2016 "Pree Me"[31] Redemption Leriq
"Mandem Anthem" Non-album single Fresh
2017 "Gba" Chopstix
"Koni Baje" Outside P2J
2018 "Rock Your Body" Juls
"Heaven's Gate" (featuring Lily Allen)[32] Fred Gibson
"Sekkle Down" (featuring J Hus) Jae5
"Devil in California"[33] P2J
"Ye" Phantom
"On the Low"[34] African Giant Kel P
"Gbona"[35]
"Killin Dem" (featuring Zlatan)[36]
2019 "Dangote"[37]
"Anybody"[38] P2J

As featured artistEdit

Year Artist Title Album
2013 Wande Coal "Amorawa"[39] Non-album singles
2014 DJ Spinall "Gba Gbe E"
2016 Skales "Temper" (Remix)[40]
2017 Airboy "Ayepo" (Remix)[41]
Skales "Gbefun One Time" The Never Say Never Guy
Jesse Jagz "Violation" Odysseus
2018 Four of Diamonds "Name On It" TBA
Fall Out Boy "Sunshine Riptide" Mania
Lily Allen "Your Choice"[42] No Shame
DJ Spinall "Serious" Iyanu
Larry Gaaga "Baba Nla" (also featuring 2Baba and D'banj)[43] Non-album single
Major Lazer "All My Life"[44] Africa Is the Future
Show Dem Camp "Legend"[45] Palm Wine Music 2
Peruzzi "Champion Lover" Heartwork
2019 Dave "Location" Psychodrama
Mahalia Burkmar "Simmer" Love & Compromise
Beyonce "Ja Ara E" The Lion King: The Gift
DJ Snake "No Option"[46] Carte Blanche

Selected videographyEdit

Year Title Director Ref
2015 "P.A.I.D" Sesan [47]
2016 "Pree Me" Meji Alabi [48]
2017 "Deja Vu" Clarence Peters
"Hallelujah" Mat Max
2018 "Heaven's Gate"/"Sekkle Down"
"Ye" Clarence Peters [49]
"Gbona"
"On the Low" Meji Alabi
2019 "Killin Dem" Prodigeezy [50]
"Dangote" Clarence Peters [51]
"Anybody" [52]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of the Year Himself Won [53]
The Headies Next Rated Nominated [54]
South South Music Awards Best Pop "Like to Party" Won
2014 MTV Africa Music Awards Best New Act Himself Won [55]
The Headies Best R&B Single "Don Gorgon" Nominated [56]
Best R&B/Pop Album L.I.F.E Nominated
Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Album of the Year Won [57]
2015 Best Pop Artist of the Year Himself Nominated [58]
2019 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Listener's Choice "Ye" Won [59]
Song of the Year Won
Best Male MVP Himself Won
African Artiste of the Year Won
BET Awards 2019 Best International Act Himself Won [60]

See alsoEdit

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