Burna Boy: Black History Month Spotlight

Burna Boy: Black History Month Spotlight

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, Popularly known as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian Singer and Songwriter, from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

He rose to stardom in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E.

He was nominated for the 2013 Next Rated Artiste award at The Headies and His debut album L.I.F.E was nominated for the Best Album Of The Year at the 2014 Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

November 2015, he dropped his highly anticipated second studio album titled: On A Spaceship. The album was closely supported by a debut EP, Redemption, released in September 2016.

In January 2018, Burna Boy released his third album, Outside. The album helped him secure recognition in the international music scene with raving singles such as Ye, Heaven’s Gate, Rock Your Body, Koni Baje, Sekkle Down and Streets Of Africa. Outside went on to win Album Of The Year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

In 2019, he was among the group of African artists invited to work on Beyoncé‘s album, The Lion King: The Gift. He wrote and recorded the single, Ja Ara E, and earned the honour of being the only guest artist with their own track on the album.

Burna Boy became the first Afrobeats artist to sell out Wembley Arena.

His fourth studio album, African Giant, which contains top-charting singles like Anybody, Killin’ Dem, Gbona, On The Low, Dangote, amongst others, was released to critical acclaim and commercial success in July 2019. The album was nominated for the Best World Music Album category at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020. 

In 2020, Burna Boy began recording his fifth studio album, Twice As Tall, which was executive produced by P. Diddy (Sean Combs) and his mother, Bose Ogulu. The album won the Best World Music Album category at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Thus, Burna Boy made history as the first Nigerian artist to have a back-to-back nomination at the Grammys.

Burna Boy’s song, “Destiny” was included in the playlist at the inauguration of Joe Biden

He won Best International Act at the BET Awards 2021. With this win, he became the first African artist to bag three nominations and wins consecutively, having won the BET Award in 2019, 2020 and now in 2021.

Burna Boy was featured and co-wrote on Justin Bieber‘s song, “Loved by You“.

Burna Boy released his sixth studio album, Love, Damini, in 2022.

He recently released the music video for his song, “Common Person“.


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