In the Nigerian music industry, some names are so big that they need no introduction or citation. The mere mention of the name brings with it a flood of memories and experiences. Such are the names of the artistes involved in this week’s trivia. This topic may bounce off wrong on some people, however, reading with a free mind will make you see the points. Ready to go? Let’s do this!
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known professionally by his stage name Wizkid, is a famous Nigerian recording artiste who prior to the year 2019 have been at the top of the Nigerian music industry. The same can be said of David Adedeji Adeleke, better known as Davido. The duo have snatched up a lot of awards for their works in recent years, however, 2019 seem not to be going so well for them; at least as it stands.
You can’t be king forever, how true that statement is! There is a fast rising figure on the block and he is no other than Damini Ogulu, he is popularly referred to as Burna boy. The name is already so well-known that it needs no introduction as well. The killing dem sha crooner is in no way an overnight success, to call him that is to lay to waste the hard work he has given to get to where he is. Since his debut Album L.I.F.E in 2013, the Afro-fusion act has definitely gotten something going for himself.
However, it was not until 2018 when he released Outside that he got the traction that has brought him the attention of a lot of Nigerians. Have you ever asked what made the difference? Burna boy has since ridden on the wave to debut the album at number three on the Billboard reggae album chart. The biggest hit of the album ‘Ye’ was critically acclaimed as the biggest song of the year. Burna himself went on to end the year as Nigeria’s biggest musician.
He was named YouTube artist on the rise and as one of Spotify’s New Afro Hub takeover artiste. All of the recognition didn’t go unnoticed as he was announced as one of the performing artistes at the 2019 Coachella valley music and Arts festival. He also won a handful of awards at the Soundcity MVP awards festival. And just this month, he was also nominated alongside Mr Eazi and a few others for the Best International Act at the BET awards.
It is important to know that this is the first time since 2014 that neither Davido and Wizkid will be nominated for the award. With the Duo having won it four times, Davido won the last edition. Something has definitely happened, could it be that Burna boy is riding on the crest of Davido and Wizkid’s silence?
Wizkid’s last tweet was on the third of January when he tweeted a video when he was engaged in a light saber mock-fight with the caption gone till march. He has been featured on Larry Gaaga ‘Low’ which has remained his only musical effort of the year. Davido on the other hand has gotten featured on a number of singles including Bounce by Kobbazie, All I want by Russ, Peace of Mind by Sean Kingston; he jumped on the track alongside Tory Lanes. He also lent his voice to Father by Medikal. However, none of the two hot shot have as much as released a personal single in the year 2019.
Burna boy while embellishing himself in the hearts of the music audience has spawned off a number of tracks. He released freedom, Dangote went on an EP tour for his upcoming African giant album and spawned off Steel and Copper featuring DJDS. Burna boy is definitely on a roll and he has Davido and Wizkid silence to thank.
Honestly, do you think things would have been different for Burna Boy if the duo of Wizkid and Davido have released massive tracks in the year 2019 already? Hit the comment section.