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One of West Africa’s brightest music stars
Born in Ahoada, Nigeria in 1991, Burna Boy is the stage name of Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu. Heavily inspired by his grandfather – who managed Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti – he started mixing his own beats at a young age.
Burna Boy came to London as a teen to further his education, but went back to Nigeria when he turned 20. That year, he also launched his music career with 2011’s ShoBeeDo (Freestyle) and rose to prominence in 2012 with the single Like To Party, which became the lead track on his 2013 debut studio album L.I.F.E. Two more albums – On A Spaceship and Outside – followed in 2015 and 2018.
In 2019, Burna Boy released the 19-track record African Giant, which received a Grammy nomination and saw him win Best African Act at the MTV EMA Awards. Not only did he sell out venues around the world, he also appeared at that summer's Coachella, where he performed his 2018 sleeper hit Ye.
Burna Boy has collaborated with and been sampled by numerous artists over the years, including Beyoncé, J Hus, Fall Out Boy, Jorja Smith, Damian Marley and Lily Allen. He featured alongside Ed Sheeran on Stormzy’s No.1 hit Own It in 2019.
In summer 2020, he released the tracks My Oasis with Sam Smith and Monsters You Made Me with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. The rapper’s fifth album Twice As Tall, which was mostly recorded in Lagos during lockdown, followed in August 2020. Later that year, he announced a livestream from London, broadcast worldwide via MelodyVR on 18 November.