The Net Worth And Full Biography Of Burna Boy
Burna Boy is a popular Nigerian artiste, notable for churning out great music. He is popular for songs like “ye”, “On the low” and “Killin’ Dem”. Follow through this rather interesting read and get educated on the biography of Burna boy, the African Giant.
Birth and early life
Burna Boy was born Damini Ebunoluwa, Ogulu Rex. He was birthed on the 2nd of July 1991 and is currently 29 years old. He was born in Port Harcourt. His father was a welder and his mother was a translator. He grew up in Port Harcourt and later attended Corona Secondary School Agbara.
He eventually left for the UK, where he studied Media Technology at the University of Sussex and Media communications and culture at Oxford Brookes University. History has it that Burna’s grandfather Benson Idonije was Fela Kuti’s manager. Burna boy began to make his own beats at a young age using Fruity loops.
Music career journey.
On the 12th of August 2013, Burna boy released his debut studio album called L.I.F.E. This happened to immediately follow the release of his second mixtape called Burn identity which was released in the year 2011. On the first of the release, the album sold about 40,000 copies. Eventually, five singles came after the release of the album. The five singles were
- Yawa dey
- Like to party
- Always love you
- Tonight and
- Run my race.
The album was inspired by Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Bob Marley. It was nominated for best album of the year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In August 2014, the Album became number 7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.
Burna boy eventually split from his record company, Aristokrat records in 2014, and founded his own record company called Spaceship Entertainment in February 2015. On the 25th of November 2015, Burna released his second Album under Spaceship Entertainment, called On a Spaceship.
On the 26th of January 2018, Burna Boy released his third album, Outside. He described it briefly as a mixtape consisting of Afrobeats, Road rap, Reggae, and Dancehall. The album was eventually ranked by Nigeria Entertainment Today, in 2018, as the best album of the year.
Outside, the album eventually won Album of the year in 2018, at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. The album’s single “ye” was listed as the biggest song of 2018.
It is worthy of mention in the biography of Burna Boy, that he performed before a sold-out crowd at a show held at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. The 9th of October of the same year saw him named as Spotify’s New Afro Hubs Takeover Artist. Alongside this, he was also named as YouTube’s artist on the rise for three months.
2019 dawned bright and clear for Burna Boy. He was named alongside Mr. Eazi as one of the artists that will perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
This announcement was made on the 3rd of January 2019. At the SoundCity MVP Awards Festival, he won four awards which were the African Artiste of The Year Award, Listeners Choice Award, and Best Male MVP.
On the 21st of March 2019, Burna Boy in collaboration with the electronic duo DJDS released a 4 track EP titled Steel and Copper. The EP combined elements of dancehall and reggae, with Afropop and trap music.
Burna Boy was awarded as the Best International Act t the 2019 BET Awards on the 24th of June 2019. July 2019 saw him announced as Apple Music Up Next artist.
The fourth music Album belonging to Burna Boy, African Giant, was released on the 26th of July 2019. He told Billboard Magazine that the album is his most personal yet. He began recording it in 2018 and released it in grand style the following year. Prior to its release, he held a very private listening session in the city of Los Angeles.
2020 has also been a winning year for Burna Boy. He performed at the One World: Together at Home special in April 2020.
On the 19th of June 2020, he was featured on the remix of Master KGs song “Jerusalema”. He brought in his unique Afrobeats into the song. The music eventually entered various charts.
On 30th July 2020, “My Oasis” a single by Sam Smith featuring Burna Boy was released.
Burna Boy’s fifth studio album “Twice as Tall” was released on the 14th of August 2020. It was executively produced by his mother, Bose Ogulu and Diddy. The album has fast become his highest-charting project and has debuted at number 54 on the Billboard 200.
The biography of Burna Boy will not be complete without mentioning and giving credence to his manager, Bose Ogulu, who is also his mother.
Burna Boy was heard to have described his sound as Afro-fusion. Afro-fusion is a music genre that blends Afrobeats, dancehall, reggae, R&B, and American rap.
Burna Boy is worth over $3.5 million.
It is also worthy to note in the biography of Burna Boy, that he is not single. He is currently in a relationship with Stefflon Don who is a music artiste too. They met at his show in Ghana. They have been together for a little over 2 years now.
Awards and recognition
Burna Boy has received quite a number of awards besides the ones listed above.
In 2013, his song ‘Like to Party” won the award of Best Pop at the South-south music awards. It also won the Best R&B single at the Headies in that same year.
2014 saw him winning the “Best New Act” award at the MTV Africa Awards Music.
In 2015, the Nigeria Entertainment Awards conferred him with the Best Album of the Year and Best Pop Artist of the Year.
In 2019, he won the Headies Award for viewers’ choice and Artiste of the Year. His song “Ye” won the Best Recording of the Year, Best Pop Single, and Song of the Year. His album “Outside” Best R&B/Pop Album and Album of the Year. In the same year, his song “Killin’ Dem” featuring Zlatan won the “Best Collaboration” award at the Headies.
In the same year 2019, African Muzik Magazine, awarded his song “Killin’ Dem” featuring Zlatan the “Best Collaboration”, “Song of the Year” and “Video of the Year”. He was awarded the “Best live act”, “Artist of the Year”, “Best Male West Africa” and “Crossing boundaries with music”.
All Africa Music Awards offered him “West African Male Artiste of the Year” and his album “African Giant” was awarded Album of the Year.
The biography of Burna Boy is an interesting one. He has made a mark in the music world locally and internationally. He has brought more attention to Afropop and will bask in the music limelight for a long time.