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Afro-Beat Superstar, Burna Boy’s Rise to Fame

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The world was surprised when Burna Boy won a Grammy award for his album – ‘Twice As Tall’, in 2020. Although he started small, Burna Boy rose to superstardom in a short space of time.

Burna Boy, whose real name is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, is a songwriter, producer, singer and performer, born on the 2nd July 1991 in Ahoada, Rivers State, Nigeria. His music is an eclectic fusion of Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin English lyrics over afro-beat, dance-hall, pop and reggae instrumentals.

Burna Boy launched his music career in early 2010. In 2012 LeriQ produced ‘Like to Party’, which was his breakout track, paving the way for his full-length debut album – L.I.F.E, a year later. This was followed by two albums which included collaborations with artists such as J Hus, Fall Out Boy, Skales and Lilly Allen. His international exposure skyrocketed when ‘Outside,’ one of his popular albums, won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for the Year and Hit number 3 on the Billboard Reggae chart.

By 2021 Burna Boys had received 43 awards nominations and won 23 awards, including his recent Grammy. As he accepted the Best Global Music Album Award win, Burna Boy said he felt it was a win for all Africans of his generation worldwide.

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