THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND MOST FAMOUS NIGERIAN ARTIST TO DATE.
Burna Boy, also known as Damini Ogulo, is a twenty-seven year old, is one of the most famous Nigerian Afro-fusion singer and songwriter from Ahoada, Nigeria. After his song “Like to Party” became widely popular throughout Nigeria in 2012, Burna Boy’s career in the music industry has flourished. He’s worked with several other famous Nigerian as well as International artists, such as Major Lazer, Wizkid and Phyno.
Burna Boy’s debut single “Like to Party” is an upbeat, however more relaxed, afro-fusion song. In the music video, Burna Boy, sits at a pool party with his friends, multiple women being shown dancing to his music. While the song is most likely filmed in Africa, which I assumed because of all of the people within the music video, you can see how American culture has influenced the artists, who wears a Los Angeles Lakers jersey and hat in the club clips of the video. The song is about Burna Boy having an overprotective girlfriend, however, goes to the party as a way to enjoy other women and get away from her. At this party he is seen, or treated as, a single bachelor, smoking, drinking, and enjoying being danced on by the women there, while his girlfriend blows up his phone.
You can see how much American culture influences this artists, however, he did something right because, in recent years, Burna Boy has become a lot more popular with the United States. Already, he is expected to perform at this year’s Coachella Fest and has become a brand ambassador for a company called, “Star”. It is said that he does not plan to stray away from Nigerian music, but instead wants to show African culture internationally for what it truly is. Hopefully, as his fame continues, he will continue to influence and educate people about African culture while continuing to make great music!