Burna Boy, whose real name is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and performer. After the release of “Like to Party,” the main single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E., he shot to fame in 2012.

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Nissi Ogulu and her siblings

Bose Ogulu and Samuel Ogulu are his parents.

Damini Ogulu was born in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. His father was the owner of a welding business, while his mother was a translator. Benson Idonije, his grandfather, used to handle Fela Kuti.  Bose Ogulu, his mother, would eventually become his manager.  Ogulu grew raised in southern Nigeria and began using FruityLoops to create his own beats.  He went to Corona Secondary School in Agbara, Ogun State, before moving to London to continue his education. From 2008 to 2009, he studied media technology at the University of Sussex, and from 2009 to 2010, he studied media communications and culture at Oxford Brookes University.  He subsequently returned to Port Harcourt and started an internship at Rhythm 93.7 FM for a year.  After returning to Lagos, he began his music career.

On August 12, 2013, Burna Boy released his debut studio album L.I.F.E, which was the follow-up to his second mixtape Burn Identity (2011). On the first day of its release, the album sold 40,000 copies. Uba Pacific bought Aristokrat Records’ marketing rights for $10 million later.  Five singles preceded the album’s release: “Like to Party,” “Tonight,” “Always Love You,” “Run My Race,” and “Yawa Dey.”

2face Idibia, M.I, Timaya, Olamide, Reminisce, and Wizkid are among the guest musicians on L.I.F.E, which was totally produced by Leriq.

The album was voted 10th on Nigeria Entertainment Today’s selection of the 12 Best Albums of 2013.  The music on the album is mainly influenced by Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Bob Marley. It was given to it Burn received mostly positive feedback from music critics, who praised the album’s production. At the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, it was nominated for Best Album of the Year. L.I.F.E reached number 7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart in August 2013.


In 2016, Burna Boy performed at the Nativeland Concert in Lagos.

Burna Boy and Aristokrat Records parted ways in 2014.

Eight months after leaving Aristocrat Records, he formed the record company Spaceship Entertainment in February 2015. On November 25, 2015, Burna Boy released his second album, On a Spaceship.  Redemption, his seven-track first EP, was released in September 2016, with the lead single “Pree Me” debuting on Noisey.

Burna Boy was featured on Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album MANIA’s track “Sunshine Riptide” in January 2018. (2018). Outside, his third studio album, was released on January 26, 2018. Outside is a mixtape that focuses on Afrobeats, dancehall, reggae, and road rap. J Hus, Lily Allen, and Mabel, all from England, provide guest vocals. “Rock Your Body,” “Streets of Africa,” “Koni Baje,” “Sekkle Down,” “Heaven’s Gate,” and “Ye” were among the singles that accompanied Outside. Leriq, Baba Stiltz, Jae 5, Juls, Chopstix, Steel Banglez, Fred Gibson, Phantom, and FTSE were in charge of its production. The album got positive critical acclaim and was named the best Nigerian album of 2018 by Pulse Nigeria and Nigerian Entertainment Today. It was named Album of the Year.

Outside debuted at number three on the Billboard Reggae Albums list in February 2018. “Ye,” the album’s main track, topped most Nigerian media’ year-end lists as the most popular song of 2018.

Burna Boy performed in front of a sold-out crowd at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on October 7, 2018.

He conducted a pop-up event at Red by Little Farm the day before the performance, selling limited boxes of his Space Puffs cereal, as well as personalized notepads, lighters, and graphic tees.  Burna Boy was announced as one of Spotify’s New Afro Hub Takeover Artists on October 9, 2018.  He was designated YouTube’s Artist on the Rise for three months at the time of the announcement.

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