After winning his first Grammy Award in the world music category a few weeks ago in Los Angeles, Burna Boy is at it again. The Nigerian Afrobeat musician is once again making history as the first artist to reach 100 million streams on Boomplay, the number one music streaming platform in Africa.
It’s been almost 10 years since the self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’ Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu aka ‘Burna Boy’ burst onto the music scene and since then he has enjoyed back-to-back successes. Winner of the Grammy Awards in the world music category last March in Los Angeles, he also became the first ever artist to reach 100 million streams on Boomplay, Africa’s number one music streaming platform.
Returning to Nigeria from university in the UK, Burna Boy entered the music business. In 2013, he released his first studio album, ‘Life’, an acronym for ‘Leaving an Impact For Eternity’ under the Aristokrat record. The 20-track album boasts of hit songs like, « Tonight », « Run My Race », « Abeg Abeg », « Yawa Dey » and « Like to party », which brought him to fame.
After the success of his debut album, Burna Boy dropped his second and third musical projects, ‘Redemption’ in 2015 and out in 2018, which included hit songs like ‘Ye’, ‘Sekkle Down’, ‘Heavens gate’ and ‘Devil in California’.
Prior to the arrival of ‘The African Giant’ and ‘Twice as Tall’, both of which garnered back-to-back Grammy Award nominations for Best World Album, ‘African Giant’ was released in 2019. This earned it its first Grammy nomination and an honorable mention from former US President Barack Obama, who welcomed it as one of his favorite songs of 2019.
« African Giant » currently holds a record 29 million streams on Boomplay. Then, the album « Twice as Tall » became an instant hit and recorded 1 million streams within 24 hours of its release on Boomplay. Nearly 8 months after its release, his fifth studio album, « Twice as Tall », has amassed over 45 million streams on Boomplay, making it the most streamed album on Boomplay Music.
Currently, Burna Boy is now the most streamed artist in Boomplay history, ahead of Fireboy and Olamide.