It’s all a far cry from when he was yet to attain global fame and his Coachella billing apparently displeased him
“I don’t appreciate the way my name is written so small on your bill,”
“I am an AFRICAN GIANT and will not be reduced to whatever that tiny writing means. Fix things quick please,” he said on Instagram
when the 2019 line up was announced.
The year of the African Giant
Now, at 28, he is one of Africa’s most talked-about stars, sampled and featured by some of the world’s biggest artists including Fall Out Boys
, Jorja Smith
He also won the Best International Act
at the BET awards in June this year.
With collaborations with award-winning artists like Angelique Kidjo
, Damian Marley
and Lily Allen
, he has risen in prominence as the Afrobeats sound has also gained global recognition.
In an interview earlier this year, Burna Boy said he started making music as a child when a classmate gave him a production software — FruityLoops.
“I used to do songs off anything I could find. I’d get beats from video games and movies. And when I found out about FruityLoops I started producing my own stuff,” he said in the video
Thriving on controversy
Burna Boy’s outspoken nature has led to some controversy. In September, following a spate of xenophobic attacks
in South Africa, targeted at Nigerians, he vowed never to return to the country, a move that sparked criticism on social media. “I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the f**k up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this,” he wrote on Twitter at the time
However, South Africans took a dim view of his earlier comments and there was a barrage of criticism and even threats of violence according to the organizers, who canceled the concert.
“With the increasing threats of violence from other unfortunate segments of the public and without any government intervention, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa were prompted to take the threats and warnings seriously, as the safety of all artists and attendees could not be guaranteed.
We then decided to cancel the concert. The safety of all attendees, artists and crew comes first,” they wrote in a statement released to CNN.
Burna Boy has so far shrugged off the drama playing out over his South Africa appearance and has been embracing the fan love for his Grammy nomination on social media. “Special s/o to everyone on the album from the producers to co-producers to featured artists to engineers. I appreciate all your input to making the album. We should all be very proud,” Burna Boy wrote. Here at AfroPopRadio, we salute Burna Boy….