Release Date: Jul 26, 2019
Record label: Atlantic / Bad Habit / On a Spaceship
Genre(s): Rap, Reggae, Afrobeat
The music spread across West Africa's many cultures have been frequently miscategorized, lumped together under the racist "world music" banner, or altogether ignored. There are still mix-ups surrounding Fela Kuti's Afrobeat and the current umbrella pop genre Afrobeats. Somewhere in between the not-so-ambiguous space of that "s" is Nigerian cross-pollinator Burna Boy.
This globe-trotting collection sees the Nigerian megastar scale even dizzier heights than before With his fourth album 'African Giant', Burna Boy has become the foremost face of Nigeria's pop scene, migrating to the UK music scene with tracks including the smash-hit 'Ye'. With colossal singles such as 'On the Low' and 'Dangote', Burna Boy proves once again that he is a force to reckon with. 28-year-old Damini Ogulu understands the power with his music and his voice; this is evident on the track 'Collateral Damage' - a song all about how his people are governed by fear.
I n the past few years, Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy has gone from Nigerian superstar to international sensation. Rather than chasing the crossover, he's waited for the zeitgeist to come to him. Around the same time he briefly featured on Drake's seminal More Life mixtape of 2017, Damini Ogulu started cropping up on UK grime tracks (and vice versa).
The highly anticipated 'African Giant' is the fourth studio album from Nigerian artist Burna Boy. Born Damini Ogulu, he has already collabed with Dave for 'Location', alongside stints in the studio with Lily Allen and current Clash cover star Mahalia, so it seems like the perfect time for this album to be released. The relaxed Afrobeat vibe of 'African Giant' is appropriate listening, especially given this current heatwave.