Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu Aka Burna Boy.
Burna Boy – Nigeria.
Born: July 2, 1991, Ahoada, River State.
“Everyone’s got their hero, for me that’s my hero”.
Burna Boy reminds us all that while Fela coined the “Afrobeat” term for his music brand, he birthed “Afro-Fusion” A genre that tends to stitch together the Caribbean influences, R&B and Pop all strung by Afrobeat.
While some say he finds inspiration in Fela’s discography, others reckon the sampling of Fela’s works by Burna Boy. Despite being bedeviled by eyebrow-raising incidents in his career, his talent is undeniable, and he knows it.
Because of how malleable his voice is, he can stir emotional vibrations that speak directly to the theme he is attacking. Demanding accountability from the government for the average man’s sake makes him become a stubborn social reformer as Fela was. Believing in rebuilding bridges with the African diaspora while viewing Africa as the Mother Continent and birthplace of Humankind. He calls for all African countries to unite with a single passport. While urging that history must be taught from both perspectives, of the colonizers and colonized.
With a decry towards River State capital, Port Harcourt’s black soot problem has caused environmental concerns across the Nation. In an era of Black Lives Matter, he has explicitly linked the struggles against securocrat and police brutality towards unarmed blacks in America and Nigeria. Not to forget the stereotypical negative character assessment that is given to Nigerians who carry dreadlocks. While posing as an average Nigerian dealing with the average Nigerian problems. Of society ideals where nothing changes because everyone is too busy looking to save themselves.