Burna Boy has emerged as a leading figure in the resurgence of African music over the past few years.
As an artist, he has maintained a remarkable streak of chart-toppers, reshaping the international perception of Afrobeat music. His unique sound, rooted in African culture, and his lyrically meaningful compositions have firmly established Burna’s legacy in the annals of music history.
In this article, we’ll explore 10 unforgettable instances when the self-styled African Giant captivated the world with his chart-topping hits.
1. Like To Party
Burna Boy made a grand entry into the African music scene with “Like to Party”, — a groovy and upbeat track that showcased his Afro-fusion style. The song’s catchy melody and relatable lyrics earned him recognition and marked the beginning of his journey toward becoming a music sensation.
Fans would agree that Burna Boy’s international crossover hit “Ye” got its global acceptance and attention because it was released during the time Kanye was releasing his album titled “Ye”. however, it was just a coincidental occurrence. The song became a global hit because the song’s infectious rhythm, combined with its empowering message, resonated deeply with listeners worldwide and catapulted him to international fame.
A standout from the official soundtrack of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, “Alone” by Burna Boy flawlessly captures the film’s atmosphere. In this song, Burna Boy assumes the role of a despondent hero, evidently haunted by his history and seeking refuge only in the recollections of his virtuous actions. He vividly portrays the challenges of confronting this mental barrier by oneself and underscores the profound impact it has on an individual.
4. Collateral Damage
In his 2019 album “African Giant”, Burna Boy addresses the prevalent culture of political and economic corruption in Nigeria through the track “Collateral Damage.” The catchy and upbeat melody serves as an ironic backdrop to the harsh truth that Nigerian citizens are enduring, as they witness government officials siphoning their country’s wealth and resources. In the song, Burna Boy humorously laments, “Ambassador go dey chop / And governor go dey chop / And president go dey chop,” highlighting the widespread issue of corruption.
5. On The Low
In addition to his socially conscious music, Burna Boy explores romantic themes in his songs. “On The Low” by Burna Boy is a captivating mid-tempo love song that beautifully combines Afrobeat elements with subtle hints of dancehall influence. Here he openly expresses his admiration for a woman named ‘Angelina’. The song’s effortless flow, coupled with Burna’s unique baritone vocals, quickly propelled it to widespread acclaim and popularity.
With “Gbona,” Burna Boy delivered a feel-good song that recognizes him as an intentional and versatile artiste who sure knows how to blend to any type of beat. The song’s captivating melody and lively instrumentation showcased his ability to seamlessly blend traditional and contemporary elements. Kel-P’s contribution to this track remains unmatched.
7. For My Hand ft. Ed Sheeran
Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran collaborate once again on “For My Hand,” a touching ballad where the two artists delve into their personal relationships. In the song, they earnestly implore their partners to embrace them for who they are and convey their deep appreciation for their unwavering support and commitment.
8. Last Last
In this track, Burna Boy transforms his experience of heartbreak into one of his most monumental songs to date. The song is said to draw inspiration from his three-year relationship with British Jamaican rapper Steflon Don. “Last Last” incorporates a sample from Toni Braxton’s 2000 hit single “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” and it credits the song’s writers, including LaShawn Daniels, Harvey Mason Jr., Fred Jerkins III, and Darkchild, for their contribution.
In “Anybody,” Burna Boy dons his hit-making persona, solidifying his image as a powerhouse who refuses to entertain negativity. Through the lyrics of the song, Burna Boy essentially conveys that anyone unwilling to let loose and enjoy themselves should consider a wake-up call. The track’s uplifting verses, coupled with its irresistible rhythm, garnered immense praise and reaffirmed Burna’s status as a prominent figure in the world of Afrobeats.
The track, featured on Burna Boy’s well-received 2020 album, “Twice As Tall,” drew inspiration from the iconic basketball figure, Michael Jordan, renowned for wearing the number 23 jersey during his time with the Chicago Bulls. In the chorus, Burna Boy alludes to this connection, expressing that the music makes him feel akin to Jordan, symbolizing his belief that he stands as one of the greatest in his field.