In the future, when Burna Boy looks back at how much he achieved in 2019, he’d find much to be grateful for. Despite opening the year with a brief fall from grace following his infamous “African Giant” Instagram rant, the Atlantic act managed to turn things around swiftly, weaving it into his best yet – musically.
Over the past 11 months, Burna Boy performed at the World’s biggest music festival, Coachella; clinched his first BET Best International Act Award — where Mama Burna delivered her now-celebrated speech calling on all blacks across the world to remember their roots –; won the Best African Act category at the MTV Europe Music Awards; featured on Beyonce‘s “Lion King” album and released his culturally and commercially successful “African Giant” album. This hit-laden project was followed by such an impressive press run that strategically placed Burna Boy as the poster boy for the globetrotting Afrobeats sound. This is why it wasn’t much of a surprise when his Grammy nomination came through; an announcement that threw everyone in these parts into an orgy of celebration.
Enough said, it is undeniable that it was in 2019 that Burna Boy eased himself into the primus inter pares position as regards Nigerian music export.
And in the spirit of Christmas, the grammy-nominated act released a new single, ‘Money Play‘ earlier today without warning, to crown the amazing year and decade. This record is one for the festive season as it is a banger you can show-off your updated zanku moves to. Across the dance-prompting beat, Burna seems to be just having fun, stringing rhymes together and reminding everyone of the essentiality of money.
Enjoy this early present from Santa Burna below.