Nigerian Afrobeats star and Grammy Award-winner, Burna Boy has attained the enviable title of the first African artiste to have at least three albums being streamed 100 million times each on Spotify.
The Nigerian artist, whose real name is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulum has changed the narrative when it comes to Afrobeats, pushing the genre to the forefront across the diaspora.
According to Face2Face Africa, Burna Boy is now the first African artist to have at least three albums streamed 100 million times each through streaming service platform Spotify.
This revelation was contained in a tweet by music curators Chart Data. Burna Boy’s last three albums, African Giant, Outside and Twice As Tall, have each received the 100-million mark appreciation from listeners.
This makes the Nigerian the most sought-after Afrobeats star.
The record falls into a better perspective when Burna Boy’s works are compared to those of his compatriots among whom include Wizkid and Davido.
The pair have also attained 100 million streams on at least one previous album. But together, Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido are currently Africa’s most recognizable musical acts globally.
Now a Grammy-award winner thanks to his album, “Twice As Tall” — which was awarded the “Best Global Music Album” at this past Grammy Awards — Burna Boy gave all of the praise to his mom and manager, Bose Ogulu.
Bose Ogulu, affectionately known as “Mama Burna” also received recognization for her work in the midst of the 2020 pandemic as she not only co-executive produced the “Twice As Tall” album for her award-winning son, but also released and promoted the album too.
Music is within the Ogulu bloodline as that Mama Burna’s father, Benson Idonije, was a popular radio host and Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti’s first band manager.
She was exposed to the music industry and the Nigerian art world quite young and from there Mama Burna was inspired to take up the study of languages.
Upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages as well as a Masters of Arts in translation from the Univerity of Port Harcourt, she worked as a translator for the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce before taking on the role as her son’s manager.
Burna Boy has also been named one of the 2021 International Power Players by Billboard. This accolade recognizes industry leaders nominated by both their companies and peers before being selected by Billboard’s editors with a primary responsibility outside of the U.S.
Honorees also included label executives, music publishers, independent entrepreneurs, and more.