Nigerian afro-fusion artiste, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has won the 2020 BET Award for Best International Act – an award given to honor the outstanding achievements of international artists from around the world every year, hosted virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic measures by comedian Amanda Seales to celebrate and honor Black achievements and culture from this past year.
Becoming his second laurel from the same category since his debut at the award ceremony in 2019, the “African Giant” album crooner beat off competition from Innoss’B (DRC), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Dave (U.K.), Stormzy (U.K.), Ninho (France), S.Pri Noir (France) to win the coveted category in the award ceremony.
The past 12 months have been hugely successful for the Nigerian Afro-beats heavyweight, with his album “African Giant” securing nomination at the Grammys. Preparing for a new compilation, Burna Boy released “Wonderful,” a bright new single that hints at reggaeton, on Thursday. It’s the Nigerian star’s first release since March’s “Odogwu.”
The crisp beat underpinning “Wonderful” ensures that it’ll be at home on dance floors — once they re-open — around the Atlantic; it also seems ready made for radio mix-shows. While the drum programming is lean, the single gains a jolt from reverential harmonies made up of Burna Boy’s own multi-tracked voice, a cheerful, pinging riff that sounds like it was played on a xylophone, and a jaunty horn line.
“Wonderful” precedes Twice as Tall, Burna Boy’s upcoming album, which is set for release later this summer. It follows last year’s African Giant, which has earned more than 162 million streams to date in the U.S., according to the analytics company Alpha Data. 2019 also saw Burna Boy contribute to Dave’s “Location” (Top 10 in the U.K.), Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift (which debuted at Number Two in the U.S.), and Stormzy’s “Own It” (Number One in the U.K.).