Afro-fusion singer, songwriter and performing artiste
Damini Ogulu popularly known by his stage name Burna boy was born in Port Harcourt on 2nd July 1991 to Bosede and Samuel Ogulu as the only son and eldest of three children.
Coming from a family where music was loved but where greater premium was placed on education, he spent most of his summer holidays in the UK and in language immersion summer camps in France, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire, before finally moving to the UK where he picked up the Brixton Patois accents which have become a signature in his music. Young Damini attended Montessori International primary school in Port Harcourt from 1993 – 2002 and Corona Secondary School, Lagos 2002-2008.
It has always been music for Burna Boy as observed by his mum when he was still a teenager. She recounts that he was always hanging around his Grandfather, listening to classical music; little wonder his role model later became the man his grandfather managed, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Burna Boy founded and led a band called “Def Code” in his high school days at Corona. He headlined a performance at the national stadium as one of the highlights of the 50th anniversary of corona schools.
The quest for more knowledge took him outside the shores of Nigeria to the United Kingdom to study Media Technology at the university of Sussex from 2008 – 2009 and Oxford Brooke’s university from 2009 – 2010 to study Media Communications and Culture. After that, he did a one year internship with Rhythm 93.7 FM Port Harcourt before officially launching his professional music career when he was signed on to Aristocrat records, prompting a permanent relocation to Lagos.
Burna Boy is a Nigerian based Afro-fusion singer, songwriter and performing artiste signed to his record label Spaceship Entertainment.
On the 26th of January, 2018, Burna Boy released his fourth album, titled ‘Outside’. The 13-track album was preceded by singles “Sekkle Down” ft. J Hus, “Koni Baje,” and “Heaven’s Gate” ft. Lily Allen which were accompanied with a music video.
The “Outside” album debuted on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart at the Number 3 spot topping his debut album “L.I.F.E” which peaked at number 7 on August 31, 2013. He performed his first concert in Lagos “Burna Live” which acclaimed great success featuring a lot of nigerian and international appearances on stage, he also won 4 awards at the 2018 SoundCity MVP awards ceremony in December 2018. He opened up the year 2019 with a music video to hit single “Killin Dem” in collaboration with Nigerian act Zlatan. He has also released “Dangote” and a collaborative EP “Steel and Copper” with American production duo DJDS.
Burnaboy’s “African Giant Tour” is set to kick off in April, 2019. He also will be performing at the annual music and arts festival event, Coachella.
• Abeg Abeg Abeg
• Like To Party
• Run my Race
• Yawa Dey
• Don Gorgon
• Check & Balance
• Pree Me
• Duro Ni Be
• Mandem Anthem
• Boshe Nlo
• Rock Your Body
• On the Low
1.At the age of 15, Burna Boy got his first tattoo. He says his tattoos are a representation of him artistically. He has more than 12 tattoos on his body, including that of his role model the renowned Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
2. His first album “L.I.F.E” sold out 50,000 copies on the first day.
3. Burna Boy during a performance has fallen off stage and broke both his leg and ribs.
4. He also loves to watch cartoons and comedy.
5. Burna Boy’s grandfather was also into showbiz. He used to be Fela’s manager.
6. He started doing music professionally when he was 19 in 2010.
7. He was born on the 2nd of July 1991.
8. His role models are Fela Anikulapo Kuti, 2Face Idibia, and Sizzla Kalonji.
9. In 2013, he was awarded the Best New Act of the year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
10. He sold out the 5,000-capacity O2 Brixton Academy in London
11. In October 2018, Burna Boy became Youtube’s Artiste of the Month.
11. In 2018, He had his first concert in Nigeria “Burna Boy Live”
12. In 2018, He won 4 awards at the Soundcity MVP Awards in Nigeria.
“Listeners Choice” “Best Male MVP” “African Artiste of the Year” “Song of the Year”
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