Burna Boy Love, Damini Album: a Daring Afro-fusion

Tare Magbei
Tare Magbei July 16, 2022
Updated 2022/07/21 at 11:38 AM
Burna Boy Love, Damini Album Review
Burna Boy Love, Damini Album Review

Love, Damini pushes harder a lot of the captivating elements of African Giant, such as the straightforward Yoruba and Pidgin rhymes, the creative yet marketable sounds from his Nigerian producers, some high-profile collaborations, and his political enlightenment.

This daring Afro-fusion album, which blends classic elements like Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat with more modern pan-African party music, has received more than 1 billion streams worldwide.

Damini Ogulu, a Nigerian who lived in the UK for a substantial portion of his late youth, sold out Wembley Arena in November.

Guests included Stormzy, Dave, and fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid.

Earlier this year too, he had a concert at the 20,000 capacity 02 Arena and he brought guest artistes like Rema, Ruger and the likes.

The album’s first single, Last Last, is a heartbreak directed at his girlfriend, Stefflon Don who had been his girlfriend for some time now.

The song also had a catchphrase ‘Breakfast’ which had been used by Nigerians to denote heartbreak. The music video was reportedly directed by TG Omori and himself.

The song also explained how he felt after he lost one of his close pals.
Wild Dreams, one of the coolest jams of the album has one of the finest lyrics on the album.

It talks about how one can believe in themselves amidst this world problems. The second verse of the song encourages people to always never be discourage if they hit a low while hustling.

It features vocals from Khalid, who sang the chorus of the song.

The next song after that is called Whiskey, the melodious jam features instrumentals like saxophones and trumpets. It has the fela-esque sound.

One of the songs talks about the numerous problems affecting the people of Nigeria especially the Rivers/Port Harcourt black sooth, the ravaging effect of pipeline vandalism and many other problems.

Love, Damini features another song titled Vanilla which talks about a girl who is well endowed. It talks about how he is going to spend and admires the girl assets.

Vanilla also features beats from saxophones sounds and trumpets orchestras.

Can we talk about Burna Boy without his affiliation to Reggae music?

Toni Ann is a song featured in the album which has a dancehall vibe. The song talks about the long affection he has for a girl he has been admiring since.

He talks about the girl’s features and the song features vocals from Popcaan- one of Reggae top musicians in Jamaica.

Blxst, Kehlani and Burna Boy combined for the next song of the project. They delivered a sweet jam which mixes the melodic voice of Kehlani and the hooks and rap of Blxst.

Kehlani delivered her verse with so much ease that you can play it over and over again without getting bored.

Burna Boy who is the lead singer of the jam wraps up the song with his catchy lyrics and verse. Solid is a song reiterating Odogwu as one of the best lyrical genius

How about mixing Spanish and Yoruba, have you taught about that? That is what you’ll get on the next track of the album.

The song ‘Rollercoaster’ shows Burna’s versatility and his lyrics were made of Yoruba and Pidgin. J Balvin who was the featured artiste in the song made speaking Spanish easy as he jumped on the track with ease.

The track Love, Damini is the main song of the album as it bears the same name as the project.

One can tell that he was really talking out of his personal experience with people. He also gave tribute to Sound Sultan who passed away last year. Guess what, he did all of this using Acapella tone.

Lady Smith and Black Mambazo were featured in the track and they gave the song an African touch.
The African Giants(Burna Boy) sang one of the most motivational song of all time in this track as he talks about anger, character and mood.

‘How Bad’ features voices of Kamoru Usman who talked about how he feels when he is angry. The track talks about his challenges dealing with his temper and anger.

Burna Boy featured one more time LadySmith Black in a song called ‘Glory’. The intro of the song features vocals from Africans saying ‘This is my story’. Odogwu talks about his thuglife and how it feels being racially abused.

Have you wondered how it’ll feel when you mix the voices of Ed Sheeran and the African Giant?.

The track ‘Hold My Hand’ is a sweet melody for lovebirds who have to appreciate each other and it is a song that has people getting goosebumps when they listen to the track.

Eddy as usual put his sweet melodic voice into the track which makes the song even more sweeter.
‘Dirty Secret’ is a love song that appeals to a girl he is begging to love him.

He said in his track he is prepared to sacrifice anything for the girl of his life. The orchestrals of the song is very pleasing and appealing, it shows that the beats have been well prepared and sweet.

Different Size is the only track which he features the only African artiste of the album,Victony.

Victony as we all know is very versed in his lyrics, of course, Burna boy never fails to deliver when called upon. He appreciated the beautiful asset of the African lady.

Kilometer is one of the earliest songs released from the album, he did a great work by sampling one of the olden songs which had made our childhood interesting.

The song talks about his journey to stardom and the challenges he faced. All in all, it is a very interesting song to the ear.

He uses a strangled falsetto on “Jagele” to convey his intense longing for a love partner who is just out of reach.
In another song, “Science,” Burna Boy leans into the song’s ominous tones with his vocals, imitating an approaching siren at the conclusion of a twisted narrative of seduction over an unusually gloomy production from Wizkid staple P2J.

But “Cloak & Dagger,” which awakens J Hus from his slumber and serves as a reminder of his consistently inventive rhyming schemes, stands out as the album’s greatest track.

Without the underlying social conflict that gave “Dangote” weight, “Common Person” seems like a B-grade rendition of that song.

In conclusion, Burna Boy has produced a body of work that feels like a safe zone for both himself and his fans, as evidenced by the Love Damini Album review.

There, he talks about his vulnerabilities, convictions, strengths, and worries. Love is a safe place, Damini.

Burna Boy’s decision to finally give himself the title of an album and the fact that it will be an emotional one is both pretty understandable.

What makes this record sound so wonderful is that Burna Boy is honest on it. That’ll be all for now

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