African Mirror Reporter
NIGERIA’S Burna Boy’s star has continued to soar at some speed with the release of his fifth album ‘Twice As Tall’.
Released on Friday 15 August, ‘Twice As Tall’ was commended by scores of fans, who also praised the artist for continuing to fly the Nigerian flag high and for keeping up with the positive momentum from the artist’s previous offering, the 2018 Grammy-nominated album ‘African Giant’.
Since its release, the album has amassed popularity on streaming sites. It accumulated 5 million streams in one hour by August 17, and to date has over 6 million streams on music streaming app Spotify.
Burna Boy’s offering also peaked at #1 on Apple Music’s Worldwide Top Albums (All Genres) chart upon release, pushing USA’s Pop Smoke’s posthumous album ‘Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’ to the second spot.
Burna Boy’s (whose real name is Damini Ogulu) latest album is recorded in English, Yoruba and Nigerian Pidgin, and features a mixture of hip-hop, dancehall, Latin and Afrobeat melodies.
The whole LP was produced during the pandemic, with the likes of American hip-hop artists Timbaland and Diddy, and Burna Boy’s Spaceship Collective, Nigerians LeriQ and Telz serving as the producers.
‘Twice As Tall’ features vocals from Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour, and other artists including Sauti Sol, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and British rapper Stormzy,
Ogulu also included spoken words from Diddy, Ghanaian poet Ama Ata and his mother Bose Ogulu.
Upon the release of the album on August 14, Diddy took to Twitter to congratulate Burna Boy on his success, the album and thank him for involving him in a project that would help bridge the gap between the African diaspora and the African community.