Album Review: Burna Boy – Love , Damini

Burna Boy

International superstar, Burna Boy definitely did a solid 10/10 when it comes to his recent album; ‘Love, Damini’ which he released as a birthday gift to himself.

Burna who is a talented singer and songwriter did justice to his new album which he released July 8th, 2022.

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Burna Boy calls his music “Afrofusion” since it fuses elements from the African and Western cultures. While occasionally addressing politics in his compositions, he stays away from the revolutionary tendencies of 1970s Afrobeat. For instance, Port Harcourt singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu would rather dwell on joy and good times.

Another thing is that he chose to go worldwide with his features, with names like Popcaan, Blxst, Kehlani, Ed Sheeran, J Balvin, J Hus, and Khalid, indicating his global and mainstream goals. Despite pushing in that direction, Burna Boy has found a way to stay loyal to his African roots and develop a record that will connect with his existing fanbase while enticing new listeners to become followers.

When you listen to the album, you don’t get the impression that he was just aiming to generate massive records or accumulate streams. Instead, he put his heart into the album and cared about it.

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Burna raised the bar with some severe Afro Beats style on the single “Science” before blurring the borders between African and Caribbean music on tracks like “Kilometre” and “Jagele.” One of the album’s best tunes, “Toni-Ann Singh” with Popcaan, continues the African and Caribbean link.

Other noteworthy tunes include “Solid,” starring Blxst and Kehlani, “Rollercoaster,” with J Balvin, and “Common Person,” a more traditional African ballad that will make you want to sit down and reflect on life.

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