After evolving to be the globally acclaimed African Giant, Burna Boy has now grown “Twice As Tall“.
Odogwu (Great man) as he’s fondly called dropped off his fifth studio album dubbed Twice As Tall, a 15-track record executive produced by P. Diddy (Sean Combs), Bosede Ogulu (his mum) and Burna Boy himself. The album was mostly recorded in Lagos, during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
It features appearances by Stormzy, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, Naughty By Nature, Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, and Kenyan band Sauti Sol.
In Burna’s words “Twice As Tall is the album about a period of time in my life. It’s the album about the struggle for freedom. It’s the album about life in general, real life, good times, bad times, happy times, sad times, great times.” The album’s message also touches on the realities of life and tackles miseducation, global systemic racism, police brutality, corruption and social injustice.
The official press release describes it as “a beautiful mélange of sounds… a pure, unapologetic African body of work [that] boasts of a global contemporary sound that is for everyone.”
In addition to the album, Burna Boy released a comic origin story called ”The Secret Flame” narrated by his grandfather, Benson Idonije, who managed iconic Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti back in the day.
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Watch ”The Secret Flame” on YouTube: