Musical Review: Burna Boy - African Giant


Burna Boy delivers an empowering and cohesive album that doubles up as a melting pot of music genres of black influence. He skilfully reports on the personal, political and economic turbulence that has existed within the nation of Nigeria and its people since its independence in 1960 while shining a bright light on everyone that should be held accountable. However Burna provides a silver lining for his people that lies in who they truly are and where they have come from.

“It’s a symbol of strength. That’s what I want my people to feel like, to realise that they are”
- Burna Boy

The Afrofusion artist doesn’t shy away from using a mix of local language - English, Yoruba, and Nigerian Pidgin. His versatility is a product not only of his skill and influences but he prioritises how he wants his listeners to feel over them understanding every single word clearly.

“Music is supposed to be a universal language,” he says. “You understanding what I’m saying is secondary. The primary thing is what does the person inside of you hear? What does your spirit hear? That’s the job of music—that’s what it’s supposed to do.”
- Burna Boy

Overall, a very human take on opposing sides of life’s experiences from love and lust, wealth and poverty, fight and freedom. The album ends with words from his mother (also his manager) who accepted his award for BET’s Best International Act where she reminds fans and viewers that there is power to be found in where they came from that makes them part of something collectively much bigger than themselves

“The message from Burna, I believe, would be that every black person should please remember that you were Africans before you became anything else.”
- Bose Ogulu (Mama Burna)