Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (born 2 July 1991), recognized professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and report producer. He rose to stardom in 2012 after releasing “Wish to Social gathering”, the lead single from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Unhealthy Behavior/Atlantic Records in the USA and Warner Music Group internationally. His third studio album, Outside, marked his major-label debut.

In 2019, he gained Finest Worldwide Act on the 2019 BET Awards, and was introduced as an Apple Music Up Next artist. His fourth studio album, African Giant, was launched in July 2019 and gained Album of the Yr on the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and was not of the 12 months on the 2020 VGMA’s.

Burna Boy launched his fifth studio album nominated for a Best World Music Album on the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. He was awarded the African ArtistTwice as Tall, in August 2020, which was nominated for a similar class on the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, making him the primary Nigerian artist with back-to-back nominations on the Grammys. In 2021, Twice as Tall gained the Best World Music Album on the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. In July 2022, Burna Boy launched his sixth studio album, Love, Damini.

Formative years

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. His mom, Bose, labored as a language translator and his father, Samuel, managed a welding firm. His maternal grandfather, Benson Idonije, as soon as managed Nigerian multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti.  His mom Bose Ogulu would later grow to be his supervisor.  Ogulu grew up in southern Nigeria and started making his personal beats utilizing FruityLoops.

 He attended Corona Secondary College in Agbara (Ogun State) and relocated to London to additional his research. He later studied media expertise on the University of Sussex from 2008 to 2009, then studied media communications and tradition at Oxford Brookes University from 2009 to 2010. He then returned to Port Harcourt and took up an year-long internship at Rhythm 93.7 FM.  He launched his music profession after returning to Lagos.

Profession

2012–2015: L.I.F.E and On a Spaceship

Burna Boy’s debut studio album, L.I.F.E, was launched on 12 August 2013, serving because the follow-up to his second mixtape Burn Id (2011). The album bought 40,000 copies on the primary day of its launch. Aristokrat Data later bought its advertising and marketing rights to Uba Pacific for ₦10 million. 

 The album’s launch was preceded by 5 singles: “Wish to Social gathering”, “Tonight”, “At all times Love You”, “Run My Race”, and “Yawa Dey”. L.I.F.E was produced fully by Leriq and options visitor appearances from 2face Idibia, M.I, Timaya, Olamide, Reminisce, and Wizkid, alongside others. Nigeria Leisure Immediately ranked the album tenth on its record of the twelfth Finest Albums of 2013. The album’s music was impressed by Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Bob Marley. It obtained usually optimistic critiques from music critics, who applauded its manufacturing. It was nominated for Finest Album of the Yr on the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In August 2013, L.I.F.E peaked at quantity seven on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

Burna Boy acting at Nativeland Live performance in Lagos, 2016

In 2014, Burna Boy break up from Aristokrat Data. In February 2015, he based the report label Spaceship Entertainment eight months after parting methods with Aristocrat Data. Burna Boy launched his second studio album, On a Spaceship, on 25 November 2015. His seven-track debut prolonged play, Redemption, was launched in September 2016. Its lead single, “Pree Me”, debuted on Noisey.

2018: Exterior

On 19 January 2018, Burna Boy was featured on American rock band Fall Out Boy’s music, “Sunshine Riptide”, a monitor from their seventh studio album, Mania. He launched his third studio album, Outside, precisely per week later, on 26 January 2018. Described as a mixtape, Exterior consists principally of afrobeats, dancehall, reggae, and road rap. It options visitor appearances from J Hus, Lily Allen, and Mabel. Exterior was supported by six singles: “Rock Your Physique”, “Streets of Africa”, “Koni Baje”, “Sekkle Down”, “Heaven’s Gate” and “Ye”. Its manufacturing was dealt with by Leriq, Baba Stiltz, Jae 5, Juls, Chopstix, Steel Banglez, Fred Gibson, Phantom, and FTSE.

The album obtained optimistic essential acclaim and was ranked by Pulse Nigeria and Nigerian Entertainment Today as one of the best Nigerian album of 2018. It gained Album of the Yr on the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[30] In February 2018, Exterior debuted at quantity three on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. A single from the album, “Ye”, ended up atop most Nigerian publications year-end record as the most important music of 2018.

On 7 October 2018, Burna Boy carried out earlier than a sold-out crowd at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. A day previous to the present, he held a pop-up occasion at Pink by Little Farm and bought restricted containers of his Area Puffs cereal, in addition to customized notepads, lighters and graphic tee-shirts. On 9 October 2018, Burna Boy was introduced as one among Spotify’s New Afro Hub Takeover Artist. The announcement coincided with him being named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise for 3 months.

2019: African Big

On 3 January 2019, Burna Boy was introduced alongside Mr Eazi as one of many artists performing on the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He gained 4 awards on the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, together with African Artiste of the Yr, Listener’s Selection and Finest Male MVP. On 21 March 2019, Burna Boy launched a 4-track collaborative EP with Los Angeles-based electronic duo DJDS, titled Steel & Copper. It blends Burna Boy’s upbeat melodies with DJDS’ slinky trap beats. Metal & Copper combines components of dancehall and reggae music with Afropop and trap.

On 24 June 2019, Burna Boy gained Finest Worldwide Act on the 2019 BET Awards. In July 2019, Burna Boy was introduced as an Apple Music Up Next artist. His inclusion into this system was accompanied by a Beats 1 interview with Julie Adenuga and a brief documentary. He recorded “Ja Ara E” (Yoruba: “clever up” or “use your head”) for Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift and was the one visitor artist with their very own monitor on the soundtrack album.

Burna Boy’s fourth studio album, African Giant, was launched on 26 July 2019. It was supported by six singles: “Gbona”, “On the Low”, Killin Dem”, “Dangote”, “Anyone” and “Pull Up”. He started recording the album in 2018 and advised Billboard that it’s his most private challenge but.

He first revealed plans to launch it in April 2019 and held a non-public listening session in Los Angeles. Photographs and movies from the listening session have been shared on social media. African Big was initially introduced as a 16-track album.

To advertise the album, Burna Boy headlined the African Big Returns tour, the second leg of his African Big tour. Burna Boy recorded “My Cash, My Child”, a monitor that appeared on Queen & Slims soundtrack album.

 Described as an “Afrobeat-tinged monitor”, “My Cash, My Child” comprises a pattern of Fela Kuti’s 1972 music “Shakara”. On 22 November 2019, Burna Boy was featured alongside English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran on British rapper Stormzy’s single, “Own It”, the fourth single from his second studio album, Heavy Is the Head. In November 2019, he grew to become the primary Afrobeat artist to promote out the SSE Arena( previously often known as the Wembley enviornment). He was given a particular plaque to mark his achievement.

2020–2021: Twice as Tall

In April 2020, Burna Boy carried out within the One World: Collectively at Dwelling particular. On 19 June 2020, Burna Boy was featured on the remix of South African producer Master KG’s viral music “Jerusalema”.  Burna Boy used his signature afrobeats fashion on the music and likewise partly sings within the isiZulu language. On 30 July 2020, Burna Boy was featured on British singer Sam Smith’s single, “My Oasis”, the lead single from their third studio album, Love Goes.  His fifth studio album, Twice as Tall, was launched on 14 August 2020. It was government produced by Diddy and his mom, Bose Ogulu.

 The album grew to become his highest-charting challenge, debuting at primary on the Billboard World Albums Chart. On 24 November 2020, Twice as Tall was nominated below the World Music Album class within the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards alongside different entertainers like Antibalas, Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar and Tianariwen. It was the second consecutive 12 months that Burna Boy receuved a nomination within the class.

 He gained an Edison Award within the World Album class for African Big, and the Finest Worldwide Act on the MOBO Awards on 9 December, shaking off competitors from Drake, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby and Roddy Ricch. On the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards held on 15 March 2021, he gained the Grammy for Finest International Music album. Burna Boy’s music, “Future” was included within the playlist on the inauguration of Joe Biden.

 He added one other achievement to his repertoire on the BET Awards 2021 the place he gained the Finest Worldwide Act. With this win, he grew to become the primary African artiste to bag three nominations and wins consecutively, having gained the BET Award in 2019, 2020 and now in 2021.

On 19 March 2021, Burna Boy was featured on Canadian singer Justin Bieber’s music, “Beloved by You”, a monitor from his sixth studio album, Justice. On 17 September 2021, he was featured on American singer-songwriter Jon Bellion’s single, “I Really feel It”, which marks the primary musical collaboration between the 2, however the latter co-wrote “Beloved by You” with Justin Bieber. On 4 June 2022, Burna Boy carried out on the Belgravia Sports activities Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe the place he was allegedly provided, and twice refused, massive sums of cash to don a ZANU-PF scarf as an endorsement of the Mnangagwa adminstration.

2022: Love, Damini

Burna Boy launched his sixth studio album, Love, Damini, on 8 July 2022. Two singles preceded the album: “Kilometre” was launched as an unbiased single on 29 April 2021, and “Last Last” was launched on 13 Might 2022 together with the announcement of the album.

Controversy

On 8 June 2022, his armed escorts allegedly shot and wounded two folks at a nightclub in Lagos. In accordance with the spouse of one of many victims, the incident started after she declined Burna Boy’s invitation to affix him on the membership’s VIP part.

 5 safety guards affiliated with Burna Boy have been arrested and charged with tried homicide. The lady later accused Burna Boy and his household of making an attempt to silence her household with hush money. CCTV footage of the taking pictures has but to be launched by the membership.

Private life

Burna Boy started relationship British rapper Stefflon Don in 2018 however they broke up in 2022.

Artistry

Burna Boy’s music is especially pop and afrobeats. He describes his music as Afro-fusion, which blends 4 genres, R&B, hip hop, dancehall, and reggae. August Brown of the Los Angeles Times mentioned Burna Boy’s sound is “savvy and fashionable however undistracted by apparent crossover strikes”.

Discography

  • L.I.F.E (2013)
  • On a Spaceship (2015)
  • Outside (2018)
  • African Giant (2019)
  • Twice as Tall (2020)
  • Love, Damini (2022)

Awards and nominations

Yr Occasion Prize Recipient Outcome Ref
2013 South South Music Awards South South Music Awards Himself Received
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Finest New Act of the Yr Received
The Headies Next Rated Nominated
Finest R&B Single “Wish to Social gathering” Nominated
2014 MTV Africa Music Awards Finest New Act Himself Nominated
The Headies Finest R&B Single “Don Gorgon” Nominated
Finest R&B/Pop Album L.I.F.E Nominated
Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Finest Pop Artist of the Yr Himself Nominated
Album of the Yr L.I.F.E Received
MTV Africa Music Awards Finest Collaboration “All Eyes on Me”
(feat. Burna Boy, Da L.E.S, JR)
Received
All Africa Music Awards Finest African Collaboration “All Eyes on Me”
(feat. Burna Boy, Da L.E.S, JR)
Received
2018 African Musik Journal Awards (AFRIMMA) Finest African DanceHall/Reggae Act Himself Received
Finest Stay Act Nominated
Nigeria Leisure Awards Album of the Yr Exterior Received
2019 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Listener’s Selection Ye Received
Track of the Yr Received
Viewer’s Selection Nominated
Finest Male MVP Himself Received
African Artiste of the Yr Received
BET Awards Finest Worldwide Act Received
The Headies Viewer’s Selection Nominated
Artiste of the Year Received
Finest Recording of the Yr “Ye” Nominated
Finest Pop Single Nominated
Song of the Year Received
Finest R&B/Pop Album Outside Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
Best Collaboration “Killin’ Dem”
(that includes Zlatan)
Received
MTV Europe Music Awards Best African Act Himself Received
Future Awards Africa Future Award Prize for Music Himself Received
Future Prize for Younger Individual of the Yr Himself Received
African Muzik Journal Awards Track of the Yr “Killin’ Dem”
(that includes Zlatan)
Received
Finest Collaboration Received
Video of the Yr Nominated
Finest Stay Act Himself Nominated
Finest Male West Africa Received
Crossing Boundaries with Music Nominated
All Africa Music Awards West African Male Artiste of the Yr Received
Artiste of the Yr in Africa Received
Album of the Yr African Big Nominated
Finest African Collaboration “Killin’ Dem”
(that includes Zlatan)
Nominated
Track of the Yr in Africa “On the Low” Nominated
Ghana Music Awards African Artiste of the Yr Himself Received
2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Competition Track of the Yr “Killin’ Dem”
(that includes Zlatan)
Received
Finest Collaboration Nominated
African Artiste of The Yr Himself Received
Finest Male MVP Received
Listeners’ Selection Burna Boy for “Killin’ Dem” Nominated
Viewers’ Selection Burna Boy for “On the Low” Nominated
Ghana Music Awards African Artiste of the Yr Himself Received
African Musik Journal Awards Crossing Boundaries with Music Himself Received
Finest Collaboration “Jerusalema Remix”
(Grasp KG feat. Nomcebo Zikode and Burna Boy)
Received
Finest Male West Africa Himself Nominated
Artiste of the Yr Himself Nominated
Finest Stay Act Himself Nominated
Track of the Yr “Anyone” Nominated
Grammy Awards Best World Music Album African Big Nominated
Brit Awards Finest Worldwide Solo Act Himself Nominated
Track of the Yr Location
(Dave that includes Burna Boy)
Nominated
BET Awards Finest Worldwide Act Himself Received
Edison Award Finest World Album African Big Received
MOBO Awards Finest Worldwide Act Himself Received
Finest African Act Himself Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Finest African Act Himself Nominated
2021 Grammy Awards Finest International Music Album Twice as Tall Received
BRITs Awards Worldwide Male Solo Artist Himself Nominated
International Music Awards Africa Artiste of the Yr Himself Received
International Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Yr Himself Nominated
BET Awards Finest Worldwide Act Himself Received
2022 NME Awards Finest Solo Act Himself
Received
Grammy Awards Best Global Music Performance “Do Your self” Nominated

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