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BURNA BOY

Joburg
The Nigerian singer-songwriter, Burna Boy, was born Damini Ogulu in Port Harcourt City, Nigeria. He started producing music when he was ten years old. After graduating from college, Burna relocated to London to attend university. After two years, he dropped out and moved back to Nigeria to pursue his passion. A creative by the name of LeriQ allocated studio space for Burna to record and produce. His father always listened to reggae and dancehall music, so this is where his early influence and music styles stems from. LeriQ and Burna produced a track titled “Prefer to Party” which initiated his rise to prominence on a national and international level.

Burna Boy has released a long series of EPs, singles, mixtapes, and albums including 2018’s extraordinary OUTSIDE. The award-winning collection proved Burna Boy’s U.S. breakthrough, debuting at #3 on Billboard’s “Reggae Albums” chart, fueled in part by the blockbuster single/video, “Ye". Burna was also named as one of YouTubes Artist On The Rise.

Burna is among contemporary African music’s brightest stars and creator of an enigmatic new genre he simply dubs “Afrofusion.” He recently made his Coachella debut in 2019. The gifted singer-songwriter recently took home the 2019 BET Award’s Best International Act award and his win went viral when his mom gracefully accepted the award on his behalf.