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Music Review: Burna Boy’s ‘Love Damini’ Is Another Grammy-Worthy Album, No Cap

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Afro-fusion undisputed superstar Burna Boy unleashed his long-awaited album dubbed “Love, Damini“.burna boy
The 19-track album features Ed Sheeran, Khalid, J Hus, Victony, Kehlani, Popcaan and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This will be his sixth studio album and we can say that he has a track record of dropping hit singles and amazing albums. So lets get into it; Burna mentioned something that he wants to finish the way he started hence, attention is paid to the first and last track as he features the same group of people, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a South African male choral group singing in the local vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube and their touch on this first track Glory was felt to the depth. It was really cute that he titled this album after himself and dropped it as he turned 31, which goes to show that this body of work is a very personal journey for him. The happy birthday song at the beginning couldn’t have been more right. The truth is you don’t start to run immediately you are given birth to, and the steady growth from this first track, Glory which helped lay the foundation for the other tracks to come, is very evident and we can’t help but commend the singer.
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This track is just special. Up next is Science and the Grammy award winning singer is all about his latest love interest who is making his heartbeat and his body throb. Pure Afrobeat is served on this track and it is so relatable. Cloak & Dagger featuring J Hus is a definition of the life Burna lives currently as he tries to stay on top irrespective of competition, attacks and words of men. J Hus’s verse is dope, my gawd. Burna Boy really thought deep when picking his features because so far, they have all been dope. We do not have to try to dissect or wonder why Kilometre is a hit single from its beat to its arrangement. There is that invisible line connecting one track to another and it is beautiful. Burna has wrapped so much into this body of work, that it is worth being put on repeat. Jagele passes off that groovy yet bouncy feel that you can’t help but move your body, not just your head. We definitely love the trumpets, konga and guitar beneath. Whiskey will always be loved because it mirror and brings to light the suffering of the people in Rivers State capital, Port-Harcourt.
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The fact that he tolls the line of Fela where he makes his songs satirical in order to correct certain ills in society is commendable. The way he blends various genres, beats, and instruments to create pure melody is nothing short of terrific. Another hit single is Last Last and this song is going nowhere anytime soon, case closed. The song that has a Nigerian feature is Different size with Victony. Here, they sing about the different sizes of butt and it is just typical of Burna (lol); even with all the seriousness, he just had to sing about butt sizes with an amazing beat, come on, if he isn’t a genius, please what is he! Funny enough, this is one the great songs on this album. The fact that it is speaking about the realities of life especially for ladies with BBL and liposuction done to enhance their body. It’s Plenty has the popular trending word trabaye and everyone is bound to love it, no cap. Speaking about how he will continue to enjoy himself no what life brings his way as he wants to be celebrated in this lifetime. That vibe that Burna said people will catch when they listen to this album is right here on Dirty Secrets. Toni-Ann Singh featuring Popcaan follows the same path as the latter but possesses a more bouncy beat and feel. Solid featuring Blxst and Kehlani gives us that old school pop and R&B feel we get from the 90s. Come on, Burna Boy has dropped another Grammy worth album, my Gawd. For My Hand featuring Ed Sheeran seems to be the peak of this smooth body of work because, come on, melody and lyrics on fleek. We get an insight into the love life of Burna Boy because just like Last Last and now For My Hand, Burna seems like a Solid lover. Rollercoaster featuring J Balvin keeps on raising the flag and taking us towards climax. The arrangement and beat placement on this musical piece is unique. Vanilla reminds us that Burna is still a man who will always turn his head when a woman passes, (lol). Common Person is another amazing piece on this body of work. Its amazing how this African giant delves deep and taps places that seem untouched in the hearts of everyone. Wild Dreams featuring Khalid is another reason why this album just has to win another Grammy for the African giant. How Bad Could It Be takes us on a journey where people speak on how they evaluate themselves when they are angry, or filled with emotions they can’t explain. This track is golden because it just resonates with the inner man, from the beats to the lyrics. The track from which the album gets it title – Love Damini featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo once again serves Burna Boy on a dish garnished with his true emotions and trials.
Final Thoughts
Burna Boy’s Love Damini is a 10/10, no other comment. Listen to the album here;
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