Burna Boy Becomes First Nigerian To Win Edison Award With ‘African Giant’ Album

December 7, 2020
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Nigerian singer, Burna Boy has proven once again that he’s at the top of his game by winning the ‘Best World Album’ at the just concluded 2020 Edison Award.

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The award which he received over the weekend makes him the first Nigerian to win the award, and the third African after Youssou N’Dour in 1994 and Angélique Kidjo in 2018.

‘Edison Awards’ is named after the inventor Thomas Edison, honors excellence in innovation in a broad range of music categories.

While announcing Burna Boy as the winner for the prestigious award, the Edison Award jury, Michelle Kuypers said that Burna’s music is not just a great reminder of Fela’s music but also a great work that fits seamlessly into today’s pop music culture.

“Nigerian Burna Boy is a sensation in world and pop music. His music is unmistakably African, but fits seamlessly into today’s pop music culture. African Giant contains a challenging mix of Rap, RnB, Reggae and African pop music and reminds at times of the also Nigerian great Fela Kuti.

“The latter is not surprising. His grandfather was Kuti’s manager. From an early age, Burna Boy was a musical omnivore. Through his father he heard dancehall and American RnB at school. From Nigeria he moved to London. This diversity of influences can be heard on the album African Giant, with guest appearances by many greats from the various music styles from which he draws. Each time Burna Boy knows how to bring these together skillfully, on various African grooves, into a coherent whole.

“The album includes guest appearances by Angélique Kidjo in duet with Damian Marley, the English young soul star Jorja Smith, the American YG and Future. Linguistically this album is also a mix, with guest appearances in English, while Burna Boy himself mainly sings in Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo on this album. Despite the fact that it is a wonderfully groovy album, the themes addressed are deep. That also fits in the tradition of Kuti: Burna tackles corruption and other abuses in society,” he said.

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KanyiDaily recalls that Burna Boy had also become the first Nigerian artiste to be nominated for the Grammy awards in two consecutive years.

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