For the past couple of years dancehall has been burrowing its head deeper and deeper into the UK mainstream, lighting up the charts with the ever growing list of bouncing bangers such as Drake’s One Dance and French Montana’s Unforgettable the dancehall train isn’t showing any signs of stopping. Fronted by the likes of J-Hus and Yxng Bane, London’s contribution to the dancehall explosion has, with the help of a healthy dose of Afro-Caribbean influence, been nothing less than characteristically awesome.
Next adding to London’s generous offering of talent is Nigeria born singer Damini Ogulu, otherwise known as Burna Boy. Having created a name for himself as one of the most exciting talents to come out Nigeria, the 26 year old has spent the last few years rubbing elbows with some of the most influential names in Hip-Hop and other surrounding genres. Now coming out with a full length album, with features from Lily Allen and the big man himself, J Hus, Burna Boy continues his exciting journey to world domination.
Having started his musical career making beats on the digital audio workstation fruity loops aged 10, his infectious blend of Dancehall, Hip-Hop and Afrobeat has been making waves on a commercial level since 2013 after winning best new act of the year in the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Burna’s grandfather is also no stranger to such status in Nigeria, with father of Afrobeat Fela Kuti on his managerial CV, here’s hoping that this young talent, with managerial guidance from his mum, has a brightly burning future ahead of him.
Along with WizKid and Davido, Burna Boy is firmly pressing the Nigerian stamp of influence into London’s musical sphere, allowing for a great deal of excitement towards Africa’s musical output working its way into the American and British mainstream in the coming years. We can be sure to get used to hearing this man’s name, given his enormous wealth of talent and personality.