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‘Music is like my punching bag,’ Burna Boy says in new documentary

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The new documentary tells the story of the
singer/songwriter’s background, upbringing, artistry and his journey.

Burna Boy performing on stage as cut from the documentary. (The Niche)

Burna Boy performing on stage as cut from the documentary. (The Niche)

On March 26, 2019, tech giant, Google hosted a
a cross-section of industry heads, media personalities, social media
influencers and a host of others at Mulliner Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. The
event; its subsidiary, YouTube was screening its artist spotlight of
Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy, born Damini Ogulu.
The new 18-minute video was a
documentary-esque recording that told the story of Burna’s background,
upbringing, early saunters into music, his artistry and his journey to
the praecipes on which he currently stands. The documentary features
Burna Boy himself, his mother, Bose Ogulu, his grandfather and former manager to Fela, Benson Idonue, his childhood friend and Lawyer, Martin Agbaso and a host of others.


Benson Idonue, Burna Boy’s grandfather. (YouTube/Burna)

In the video, Burna also told the story of how he came by his now globally recognized stage name, “I
used to draw comics and stuff… I ended up wanting to be a super hero
as well, but I had no name, so I just chose Burna… I used to use beats
from video games and stuff
.”

Life growing up

The star artiste also spoke on life growing up in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state where he was born.


Burna Boy says Port-Harcourt is a different world. (YouTube/Burna)

According to him, “It is a different world. There are a lot of similarities between us and any other developing country.
“There is heaven and hell in the same
place. There is heaven for the people that have money and connections,
and is hell, or even worse than hell for people who don’t.
“We are very strong people who are very
good at adapting to situations and making the best of the worst
situations. That is the spirit we have.”
His mother, Bose Ogulu says he always asked a
lot of questions and wouldn’t stop mirroring Batman and Superman as a
child. She also talked about the time he performed ‘Hip Hop Hooray‘ by Naughty By Nature. Before then, he started singing early when other kids his age were reciting nursery rhymes.


Bose Ogulu, Burna Boy’s mother says a teacher told her he was going to be big. (YouTube/Burna)

Mrs. Ogulu also revealed that she knew he was not going the academic way, but the creative way, and described him as a courageous boy. She said she had to get over the “initial embarrassment” when she discovered that like her, Burna was different.
The story also takes us to Brixton, London, UK
where Burna traveled to earlier in his life. Burna says London taught
him that he was in charge of his own life.
On his sojourn in London, Mama Burna
(as the internet now calls Burna’s mom) says that after Burna dropped
out of school, he refused to come back to Nigeria but after he
eventually came back, he got a job on radio, and it culminated in his
first single, “Freedom Freestyle.”
At this state, Burna then highlights the influence of YouTube which exposed him to the world, and then, “The world to me, which I didn’t even know existed. And it (YouTube) is free.”
Discussing the influence of Fela, his grandfather says regardless of the music you make, Fela has inspired and influenced you.
At the event, which held on the 7th floor of Mulliner Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, Tolu Akinyele,
Google Partners Lead, Google NG talks about why Google decided to tell
his story and said that the journey started towards creating the
documentary which started in October 2018 was inspired by a need to
recognize the continued rise of afrobeats on the global stage.
YouTube, a supporter of artistes decided to make video content to tell the story of Burna’s rise much like it did with Mr. Eazi in 2018.
Adetutu Laditan, Product
Marketing Manager, SSA came to tell the story of the evolution of music
and why the artists have been the constant through the different phases
of music consumption.
She also said there are about two million artists on the YouTube. She also said Google has a plan to launch 200 google stations by the end of the year.
After the initial viewing of the video, Juliet Ehimoen, Country Manager for Google did vote of thanks.
Watch Burna Boy’s full interview below:

BURNA BOY – Artist Spotlight Stories

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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