Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy is our JAGUDA ARTISTE OF THE MONTH for July. The Spaceship Entertainment artiste is the first artiste to win our feature back to back.
The past 30 days have been incredible for Burna Boy as he hit new levels in his music career. Things have been moving in a forward and upward trajectory for him and we will be reviewing why he is deservedly our artiste of the month.
June was incredible for the ‘Killin Dem’ crooner after he won ‘Best International Act’ at the BET Awards but the momentum stretched unabated into the next month. Just a couple of days after his epic win, Burna Boy was picked as Apple Music ‘Up Next’ artist for July. He is the only Nigerian artiste so far to be a featured by Apple Music besides Mr Eazi.
It was another month of massive exposure for the singer as he was featured on American entertainment media brand and music chart platform Billboard. The Billboard described him as ‘Nigeria’s Surprise Success Story’ as his life and music was put in perspective. Talking interviews, he was also on Hot 97 FM Breakfast Club radio show talking about his music and of course his girlfriend Stefflon Don.
Again, Oluwaburna made an appearance on American national network television ABC on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Just like other greats, Burna Boy gave a thrilling live performance of one of his songs ‘Anybody’ on the late night show. July saw him perform on several international stages including Afro Punk festival in Paris.
The past month only got better as Burna Burna Boy featured on Beyoncé’s new album ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album. Of all the African artistes featured on the album, the Port Harcourt born singer got a stand-alone track ‘JA ARA E’ on the project all to himself. Without disappointing the home fanbase, Oluwaburna gave his characteristic music (pure Afrobeat vibes) on that record.
Just before July came to an end, Burna Boy continued to stun as he dropped his fourth studio album ‘African Giant’. A solid 19-track LP with music templates of Afrobeat, Afropop, Reggae and more. The themes of the album was well thought out from love and romance, braggadociousness, politics and history to groovy. We never saw some of the features on the album coming but they were all worth it on the ‘African Giant’ album.
Only about two years ago Damini Ogulu was tagged as underrated but with consistent hard work and the right moves, Burna Boy has kicked off that tag to become about the hottest African artiste at the moment. Hopefully we are certain the dreadlocks sporting musician has more in store for us in the coming months and years.