Burna boy

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Burna Boy in Ghana (2014)

Burna Boy (born July 2, 1991 in Lagos ; real name Damini Ogulu ) is a West African dancehall and reggae musician from Nigeria . He has been successful in his home country since 2012 and also internationally since 2018. He was best known for his participation in the UK number one hit Own It by Stormzy and Ed Sheeran and his album African Giant , both in 2019.


Damini Ogulu started playing with music software on the computer at the age of 10 and over the years he developed his own style of music. Above all, he brought together two styles of music that played a role in his home: reggae was his father's preferred genre and his grandfather had been the manager of Fela Kuti , the founder of the indigenous Afrobeat . After graduating from school, he studied in England for two years, but dropped out and returned to Nigeria. He met the producer LeriQ and started professional studio recordings at the age of 19.

In 2012 he had his first hit under the name Burna Boy. The single Like to Party even attracted international attention and with the accompanying album Leaving an Impact for Eternity (LIFE) , on which Wizkid also contributed, he even entered the top 10 of the US reggae charts the following year. It also earned him a nomination in the Newcomer category of the MTV Africa Music Awards and national awards.

The separation of LeriQ and his label before his second album brought his career to a standstill. On a Spaceship could not confirm the first success and there were no more hits. Only the collaboration with the producer Juls brought him forward again from 2017. With the album Outside , he reached number 3 on the US reggae charts in 2018. Above all, however, he relied on collaborations with well-known artists such as Fall Out Boy , Major Lazer and Beyoncé . The collaboration with British musicians such as Lily Allen , J Hus and Dave proved to be particularly successful . Good Time as guest singer for J Hus brought him first place in the British singles charts in 2017 . Location with Dave rose to number 6 in the UK in 2019, the song became a long-running hit. It stayed in the charts for over a year, went double platinum and was nominated for Song of the Year at the BRIT Awards .

His fourth album, African Giant , entered the top 20 of the UK charts in the summer and was also successful in French-speaking countries. In the USA it reached a top 10 position on the world music charts. It was also nominated for an award in this category at the 2020 Grammy Awards . It was followed in the same year with Be Honest together with Jorja Smith , another English top 10 hit. After all, he worked with Stormzy and Ed Sheeran on Own It : the song rose to number 1 in the UK in early 2020 and was a hit across Europe.

The success also brought Burna Boy numerous personal awards. At the US BET Awards he was named Best International Act twice in a row , at the end of 2019 he was named Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2019 and at the BRIT Awards he was nominated as Best International Male Solo Artist .



Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2019 African Giant - CH64 (1 week)
UK16 (12 weeks)
US104 (1 week)
First published: May 6, 2016
Sales: + 100,000
2020 Twice as Tall AT69 (... weeks)
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CH12 (... weeks)
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UK11 (... weeks)
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US54 (... weeks)
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First published: August 14, 2020

More albums

  • 2013: LIFE: Leaving an Impact for Eternity (First published: August 12, 2013)
  • 2015: On a Spaceship (First released November 25, 2015)
  • 2018: Outside (First published January 26, 2018)

Mix tapes

  • 2011: Burn Notice (First published in 2011)
  • 2011: Burn Identity (first published November 11, 2011)


  • 2016: Redemption (First published: September 23, 2016)
  • 2019 Steel & Copper (First published: March 21, 2019; with DJDS )


  • 2011: Shobeedo
  • 2012: Like to Party
  • 2012: Tonight
  • 2013: Run My Race
  • 2013: Yawa dey
  • 2013: Celebrate
  • 2013: Won da mo (feat. D'Banj )
  • 2014: rock star
  • 2014: Don Gorgon
  • 2014: Check and Balance
  • 2015: Soke
  • 2015: The Realest
  • 2015: Rizzla
  • 2016: Pree Me
  • 2016: Mandem Anthem
  • 2017: Hallelujah
  • 2017: Rock Your Body
  • 2017: Streets of Africa
  • 2017: Koni baje
  • 2017: Sekkle Down
  • 2018: Heaven's Gate (feat. Lily Allen )
  • 2018: Ye (UK:silversilver)
  • 2018: On the Low
  • 2018: Gbona
  • 2018: Killin 'Dem (feat.Zlatan)
  • 2019: Dangote
  • 2019: Anbody
  • 2019: Pull Up
  • 2019: Money Play
  • 2020: Odogwu
  • 2020: Wonderful

As a guest musician

year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2019 Location
- - - UK6th
Double platinum
× 2
Double platinum

(59 weeks)UK
First published: July 15, 2019
Dave feat. Burna Boy; Sales: + 1,200,000
Love and Compromise
- - - UK46

(10 weeks)UK
First published: July 16, 2019
Mahalia feat. Burna boy
Be honest - - CH51 (3 weeks)

(16 weeks)UK
First published: August 16, 2019
Jorja Smith feat. Burna boy
Own It
Heavy Is the Head
DE75 (1 week)
AT57 (1 week)
CH27 (11 weeks)

(… Where.)Template: chart table / maintenance / preliminary / 2019UK
First published: November 22, 2019
Stormzy feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy
2020 Jerusalema (Remix) DE62 (... weeks)
Template: chart table / maintenance / provisional / 2020DE
- CH2 (... weeks)
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First publication: July 9, 2020
Master KG feat. Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode
My Oasis DE- 1DE - CH52 (... weeks)
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UK43 (... weeks)
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First published: July 31, 2020
Sam Smith feat. Burna boy
The following songs did not appear as single, but were made available for download and streaming through the album and were thus able to achieve a placement:
2017 Good Time
Common Sense
- - - UK88 (1 week)
Chart entry: May 25, 2017
J Hus feat. Burna boy
2020 Play Play
Big Conspiracy
- - - UK11

(9 weeks)UK
First published: February 6, 2020
Jan Hus feat. Burna boy
1 My Oasis could not be placed in the official German single charts, but reached fourth place in the single trend charts (August 7, 2020).

Further guest contributions



  • BRIT Awards
    • International Male Solo Artist: 2020
    • Song of the Year: Location ( Dave featuring Burna Boy, 2020)
  • MTV Africa Music Awards


  1. a b Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US
  2. Gold / platinum database of the BPI (UK, database search)
  3. Official single trending charts. mtv.de, August 7, 2020, accessed on August 7, 2020 .

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