Nigerian songwriter and singer Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu Rex, professionally known as “Burna Boy” is in with a new album after his fourth album titled “Africa Giant”.
The self-acclaimed “African Giant” who’s never accepted the umbrella term “Afrobeat” which in any case has always tended to indicate a sound heavily indebted to U.S RnB and Jamaican dancehall has come with his Fifth Album titled “Twice As Tall”, which he describes the record as a continuation” of his last year’s “African Giant” album.
Among the 15-playlist album, the breathtaking stand-out track is the ‘Monster You Made’ where the “Dangote” hitmaker reverberates with eloquent anger against systems of oppression in Africa, speaks for the disenfranchised, challenges governments to pay attention to the plight of the entire African race.
The song which he featured English singer Chris Martin and also a sample from a 1987 interview of the Ghanaian author and playwright Ama Ata Aidoo.
Well, one would ask, what will make the Nigerian singer feature the Ghanaian poet in the submission of his song?
The song, which speaks about racism, oppression in Africa, and the political system in Africa, worths including the voice of Ghanaian living Legend, author, and playwright Ama Ata Aidoo.
Burna decided to bring in a bit of the Ghanaian poet’s 1987 interview at the latter part of the song to send a message across the globe of how the whites have been exploiting African resources over 500 years ago and needed such activity to stop.
The message from the 1987 interview carried a lot of anger and bitterness about the exploitation of African resources, rejecting western negativity and imperialism also spoke about how the African continent haven’t gained anything from the exchange of natural resources even though a lot have been exploited in Africa- And it’s worth quoting at length:
“Since we met you, people, 500 years ago, look at us,” Speaking to a white interviewer. “We’ve given everything. You are still taking. In exchange for that, we have got nothing. Nothing. And you know it.”
The interviewer interrupts her: “Don’t you think it’s over now?”
Aidoo’s replies. “Over?” she resists. “Over where?”
To Burna, a revolution is needed and wants to inspire the African people by painting a picture of what we have already been seeing every day, but maybe no one has painted the picture in an honest form before and that is all he has delivered in the “monster you made” song.
Source: Henry Mensah | universnewsroom.com