Burna Boy is making history in the land of streaming!
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.
Chart Data revealed that Burna Boy’s last three albums, “African Giant,” “Outside,” and “Twice As Tall” all received the 100-million mark appreciation from listeners making him the most listened to Afrobeats star.
Amongst his counterparts, Wizkid and Davido, all three have become Africa’s most well-known musical acts across the globe. Both Davido and Wizkid have also attained 100 million streams via Spotify on at least one of their previous albums.
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 momager, 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.