African Giant. That’s the title of Burna Boy’s much acclaimed latest album, but he’s also justifiably used the words to describe himself – he’s a superstar, not in only in his homeland Nigeria but all over the world. His afrobeats laced with R&B and reggae (his own word for it: Afro-fusion) has taken him to Coachella, to a sold-out Wembley Arena in London and to a sold-out Partille Arena here in Sweden. It’s a thrill to welcome him to Way Out West.
Burna Boy, was born Damini Ogulu on the 2nd of July, 1991 in Port Harcourt. His grandfather once managed Fela Kuti, who later became one of Burna Boy’s musical heroes. Damini Ogulu, who started making his own music at the age of ten, completed high school near Lagos and then moved to London for further studies. In 2013 Burna Boy released his debut album L.I.F.E., which sold a stunning 40 000 copies the first day. He followed it up with On A Spaceship in 2015, Outside three years later and then, in 2019, the powerful African Giant. Over the years he has collaborated with a wide range of artists such as Lily Allen, Dave, Major Lazer, Stormzy & Ed Sheeran on the Own It single, and earlier this year he participated on Beyoncé’s soundtrack album The Lion King: The Gift.
Burna Boy will play at Way Out West on Saturday August 15.