Everything you need to know about Burna Boy “AFRICAN GIANT” Album

Burna Boy have truly taken the world by storm with his music Having won MTV Africa Music Award for Video of the Year in 2014, MTV Africa Music Award for Best Collaboration in 2015 and recently winning the best International artist at the  concluded BET Awards hosted at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Beating the likes of

  • Aya Nakamura (France)
  • AKA (South Africa)
  • Dave (UK)
  • Dosseh (France)
  • Giggs (UK)
  • Mr Eazi (Nigeria)

 

African Giant is the fourth studio album by Nigerian singer Burna Boy. It was released in the United States by Atlantic Records/Bad Habit and abroad by Warner Music (excluding Africa) on July 26, 2019 as a 16-track album. The album’s title is derived from Burna Boy’s infamous outburst at Coachella organizers regarding the placement of his name in a small font.

African Giant was mixed in Los Angeles by Jesse Ray Ernster, a mixing engineer known for his collaboration with Kanye West, he was quote saying

I was introduced to Burna Boy’s music when I was in Uganda, working and engineering with Kanye West last year. I heard about this guy, and it was just really exciting. It was fresh to my ears, this sort of Afrofusion sound that he has. It was just ridiculous! I was immediately a fan. Essentially, when I got back from that trip, it just happened to be a coincidence that I was shopping around for a manager, and the guys that I landed with happened to manage Burna Boy as well”.

The album was primarily produced by Kel P, along with production from P2J, Benjamin Zill, Mr Kleb, DJDS, GMK, Chopstix, TMXO, Dre Skull, Skrillex, Levi Lennox and IO. It features guest apperances from Zlatan Ibile, Jorja Smith, Jeremih, Serani, M.anifest, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Future and YG.

In order to promote the album, Burna Boy will headline the African Giant Returns tour, the second leg of his African Giant tour which led to Apple music announcing Burna Boy as Apple Music’s Up Next artist, His inclusion into the program was accompanied by his Beats 1 interview with Julie Adenuga and a short documentary.

The Album artwork is inspired by Nigeria’s first 10 naira note, which featured Nigerian educationist Alvan Ikoku

Nigeria first list of naira notes
photo: connectnigeria

The Album peaked:

12 on Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)

16 on UK Albums (OCC)

33 on Canadian Albums (Billboard)

And 104 at the US Billboard 200

HOW TO ENJOY THE ALBUM WHILE LISTENING

Listen to the stories that this he is telling. There is nothing disingenuous. Not only the lyrical content alone but the cohesion between the words and the way that the music sounds, and the cohesion between those words and the visuals. There’s some deep subject matter in there. Aside from the fact that the melodies are amazing and the production is fantastic, there’s some really serious things. It’s quite educational when you dig in and start learning about the history of Nigeria. It’s really disturbing to learn about how that came to be. There’s a lot of real stuff in there, and you gotta listen in.

 

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