Thanks to his Afro-fussion style which lumps a variety of indigenous genre of music; dancehall, highlife, juju music, hip-hop and R&B, a root that dates far back to the 20th century.
Nigerian music star, Damini Ebunoluwa Rex otherwise known as Burna Boy has unleashed a new album titled Twice As Tall on Thursday August 14, 2020.
Burna Boy, 29, recently announced that he is coming closer to the release of his new album which left fans everywhere buzzing in anticipation to hear his newest creations and the African Giant did not disappoint with a resonating 15 tracks album.
The superstar’s elusive fifth studio album is an outcome of enormous hard work expended over a long period of time largely amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis to foster its actualization.
The Twice As Tall album is executively garnered by American executive and record producer, Sean Combs popularly known as P Diddy alongside Burna Boy and his mother Bosede Ogulu. However, the production had inputs from record producers, Telz, Timbaland, Jae5, Mike Dean and others.
Among the 15 track list, Burna Boy personally masterminded 10 songs and featured top music stars in the other five: he partnered with Youssou N’Dour on the album’s first track and title, Level Up (Twice As Tall). Another song, Real Life also had British grime star, Stormzy on it. He featured: Sauti Sol on Time Flies, Chris Martin on Monsters You Made and Naughty By Nature on Naughty By Nature.
Speaking on Burma Boy’s trademark and the quality of his song, P Diddy said that: “He, as every artist, he wants his music to be heard by the world. He doesn’t care about crossing over. You know, he’s not trying to get hot. He’s not, like, ‘I want to be a big pop star’ he’s already a star. He wants his music to be heard, his message, his people.”
The star also revealed his motivation for his new album saying: “Twice As Tall is the album about a period of time in my life. It’s the album about the struggle for freedom. It’s the album about life in general, real life, good times, bad times, happy times, sad times, great times.”
Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award recently crowned Burna Boy the Best International Act in 2020 which became a come-back from winning the award in 2019 to set a record as the first artist to win the category in successive time since the inception in 2010.
Although, he shares a record as most winner of the award (two best int’l act awards) with Ayo Balogun aka WizKid who won it in 2012 and 2017, and David Adeleke popularly known as Davido who also received the award in 2014 and 2018 respectively.
His last album, African Giant released back in 2019 made an upsurge in Nigeria music scene as well as gaining international recognition after it was nominated for Grammy Awards Best World Album which he missed out to Angelique Kidjo but amid the reverential respect paid on the album by individuals, colleagues and important personality across the globe, majority of the commendation has seen the album tipped to bag Grammy Award next year.