African Giant

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African Giant
Burna Boy - African Giant.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 2019 (2019-07-26)
Recorded2018–2019
GenreAfro-fusion
Length60:21
Label
Producer
Burna Boy chronology
Steel & Copper
(2019)
African Giant
(2019)
Singles from African Giant
  1. "Gbona"
    Released: September 27, 2018
  2. "On the Low"
    Released: November 16, 2018
  3. "Killin Dem"
    Released: January 3, 2019
  4. "Dangote"
    Released: March 1, 2019
  5. "Anybody"
    Released: June 14, 2019

African Giant is the fourth studio album by Nigerian singer Burna Boy. It was released in the United States by Atlantic Records/Bad Habit and abroad by Warner Music (excluding Africa) on July 26, 2019.[1] The album was primarily produced by Kel P, along with production from P2J, Benjamin Zill, Mr Kleb, DJDS, GMK, Chopstix, TMXO, Dre Skull, Skrillex and Levi Lennox. It features guest appearances from Zlatan Ibile, Jorja Smith, Jeremih, Serani, M.anifest, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Future and YG.[2] African Giant was supported by five singles: "Gbona", "On the Low", Killin Dem", "Dangote" and "Anybody".

Background[edit]

Burna Boy began recording African Giant in 2018. He told Billboard magazine that the album is his most personal yet.[1] He first revealed plans to release the album in April 2019, and held a private listening session in Los Angeles.[3] Photos and videos from the listening session were shared on social media. African Giant was initially announced as a 16-track album.[3] In order to promote the album, Burna Boy will headline the African Giant Returns tour, the second leg of his African Giant tour.[4] In July 2019, Burna Boy was announced as Apple Music's Up Next artist. His inclusion into the program was accompanied by a Beats 1 interview with Julie Adenuga and a short documentary.[5]

Singles[edit]

"Gbona" (Yoruba: Hot) was released as the album's lead single on September 27, 2018. Produced by Kel P, the song is a fusion of Afrobeat and reggae.[6] The Clarence Peters-directed music video for "Gbona" features Kalukata-influenced female dancers.[7] "Gbona" was recorded in Nigerian pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo.[6] In a review for Pan African Music, Wale Owoade praised the song's production and said it "thrives on the harmonious fusion of a static sound of the past with an infectious dance vibe from the present".[8]

The album's second single "On the Low" was released on November 16, 2018. It is a fusion of Afrobeat and dancehall.[9] "On the Low" was produced by Kel P and has been described as a mid-tempo love song. The accompanying music video for "On the Low" was shot and directed by Meji Alabi.[10] Lindsay Howard of Variance magazine said the song is "instantly reminiscent of long days and hot nights".[11]

The Zlatan-assisted "Killin Dem" was released as the album's third single on January 3, 2019. Also produced by Kel P, "Killin Dem" is a blend of Burna Boy's Afro-fusion and Zlatan's cock-sure rap bars.[12] The Prodigeezy-directed music video for "Killin Dem" incorporates clips from a Zubby Michael Nollywood film and features a mixture of Zanku dance styles.[13]

"Dangote" was released as the album's fourth single on March 1, 2019. The Kel P-produced track was recorded in Yoruba, Nigerian pidgin and English.[14] The song is named after Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote, and is an angry indictment of poverty in Nigeria.[15] The music video for "Dangote" was shot and directed by Clarence Peters. The video depicts the desperation of the poor and their oppression.[15] In the video, viewers can see an unlicensed pharmacist selling drugs in a public vehicle, as well as a preacher passing around a plate for donations. The New Afrika Shrine is also depicted in the video.[15]

The album's fifth single "Anybody" was released on June 14, 2019. It contains a sample of Angelique Kidjo's "We We". A music video directed by Clarence Peters accompanied the song's release. The video features various neon hues as well as dancers in numerous wardrobes.[16] Pitchfork writer Alphonse Pierre praised the song's melody and said Burna Boy's best attribute is his vocal versatility.[17] As part of Apple Music's Up Next programming, Burna Boy performed "Anybody" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."African Giant"Damini Ogulu
  • Kel P
  • Benjamin Zill
3:04
2."Anybody"OguluP2J3:08
3."Wetin Man Go Do"OguluKel P3:08
4."Dangote"OguluKel P3:45
5."Gum Body" (featuring Jorja Smith)
  • Ogulu
  • Jorja Smith
Benjamin Zill3:15
6."Killin Dem" (featuring Zlatan)
  • Ogulu
  • Omoniyi Raphael
Kel P3:41
7."Omo"OguluMr Kleb2:27
8."Secret" (featuring Jeremih and Serani)
  • Ogulu
  • Jeremy Felton
  • Craig Marsh
 3:23
9."Collateral Damage"OguluKel P3:17
10."Another Story" (featuring M.anifest)
  • Ogulu
  • Kwame Tsikata
Kel P4:16
11."Pull Up"OguluKel P3:07
12."Blak Ryno (Skit)"1:06
13."Destiny"OguluDJDS3:17
14."Different" (featuring Damian Marley and Angélique Kidjo)
  • Ogulu
  • Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
  • Angélique Kidjo
  • GMK
  • Chopstix
  • TMXO
3:16
15."Gbona"OguluKel P3:07
16."On the Low"OguluKel P3:05
17."Show & Tell" (featuring Future)
  • Ogulu
  • Nayvadius Wilburn
2:42
18."This Side" (featuring YG)
  • Ogulu
  • Keenon Jackson
  • Levi Lennox
  • IO
3:22
19."Spiritual"OguluKel P3:41
Total length:60:00
Notes
  • "—" denotes intro and skit

Personnel[edit]

  • Damini Ogulu – primary artist, writer
  • Kel P – production (track 15)


Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 58
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 98
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 33
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 12
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 54
Irish Albums (IRMA)[24] 80
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 64
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 16
US Billboard 200[27] 104

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Various July 26, 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nick Duerden (July 19, 2019). "How Burna Boy Became Nigeria's Surprise Success Story". Billboard. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Motolani Alake (July 26, 2019). "Burna Boy releases his album, 'African Giant'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Odion Okonofua (April 17, 2019). "Pulse Exclusive: Burna Boy set to drop new album 'African Giant'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Burna Boy Announces 'The African Giant Returns Tour'". OkayAfrica. June 17, 2019. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Kam Tambini (July 9, 2019). "Burna Boy Is Apple Music's New 'Up Next' Artist". OkayAfrica. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Tomiwa (September 25, 2018). "Burna Boy – "Gbona"". TooXclusive. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Wandera Hussien (September 27, 2018). "Burna Boy drops "Gbona" music video". The Fader. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Wale Owoade (October 22, 2018). "Best of the Moment: 'Gbona' by Burna Boy". Pan African Music. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Tomiwa (November 15, 2018). "Burna Boy – "On The Low"". TooXclusive. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "New video: Burna Boy – On The Low". Pan African Music. November 19, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Lindsay Howard (November 16, 2018). "Summer is back thanks to Burna Boy's new song 'On the Low'". Variance. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Debola Abimbolu (January 25, 2019). "SEE THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR BURNA BOY AND ZLATAN'S "KILLIN DEM"". Native Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  13. ^ Kam Tambini (January 25, 2019). "Watch Zlatan & Burna Boy's New Music Video For 'Killin Dem'". OkayAfrica. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  14. ^ "Burna Boy unveils emotional music video 'Dangote'". Pan African Music. March 5, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c Joey Akan (March 7, 2019). "Dangote Isn't Nigeria's Hero, But Don't Ask Burna Boy". OkayAfrica. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  16. ^ Isaac Rouse (June 14, 2019). "Burna Boy Drops Visuals for New Single 'Anybody'". Hypebeast. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Alphonse Pierre (June 14, 2019). "The Ones: Burna Boy's "Anybody"". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  18. ^ Emily Zemler (July 24, 2019). "Watch Burna Boy Bring the Vibes With 'Anybody' on 'Kimmel'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
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  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Burna Boy – African Giant" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  21. ^ "Billboard Canadian Albums: August 10, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Burna Boy – African Giant" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  23. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 31, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  24. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 2 August 2019". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
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  26. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  27. ^ "Billboard 200: August 10, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2019.