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Burna Boy’s “African Giant” wins ‘Best World Album’ at 2020 Edison Awards

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Grammy-nominated singer, Burna Boy won the ‘Best World Album’ award at the just-concluded 2020 Edison Awards.

His win makes him the first Nigerian to win the award, and the third African with Youssou N’Dour bagging it first in 1994 and Angélique Kidjo in 2018.

According to Michelle Kuypers, who gave a Jury report on how Burna Boy tackled corruption and other abuses in society, and how his project deserves the recognition of Edison Award.

Here’s what was said;

Burna Boy – African Giant (Atlantic Recording Corporation / Warner Music Group)

Nigerian Burna Boy is a sensation in world and pop music. His music is unmistakably African, but fits seamlessly into today’s pop music culture. African Giant contains a challenging mix of Rap, RnB, Reggae and African pop music and reminds at times of the also Nigerian great Fela Kuti.

The latter is not surprising. His grandfather was Kuti’s manager. From an early age, Burna Boy was a musical omnivore. Through his father he heard dancehall and American RnB at school. From Nigeria he moved to London. This diversity of influences can be heard on the album African Giant, with guest appearances by many greats from the various music styles from which he draws. Each time Burna Boy knows how to bring these together skillfully, on various African grooves, into a coherent whole.

The album includes guest appearances by Angélique Kidjo in duet with Damian Marley, the English young soul star Jorja Smith, the American YG and Future. Linguistically this album is also a mix, with guest appearances in English, while Burna Boy himself mainly sings in Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo on this album. Despite the fact that it is a wonderfully groovy album, the themes addressed are deep. That also fits in the tradition of Kuti: Burna tackles corruption and other abuses in society.

Michelle Kuypers

4 Comments

  1. Gift

    December 8, 2020 at 9:17 am

    After many years he made me to enjoy music again. He deserved it. More Grace

  2. SirLaw

    December 8, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Congratulations Bro.your music is very inspiring, direct and hopeful to the past and present happening.
    Honestly you’re truly Odogwu.God bless you with more grace for more awards and celebrations.

  3. Ofochukwu Mary Ngozi

    December 8, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Buena No I trust u,all ur songs can move d whole wide world I love u BB

  4. Ofochukwu Mary Ngozi

    December 8, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Burna Boy,He is our choice,u are a moving soul,God will bless u d more,I & my kids loves u & all ur songs,Ride on BB God with u

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