Burna Boy aims to redefine perceptions of African music, challenging conventional notions

Burna Boy performs at the Coachella Music & Arts (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Dubbed by the Recording Academy as Africa’s premier music sensation, Burna Boy has solidified his status as one of the most influential musicians worldwide.

In a candid exchange with Vincent Desmond for the Financial Times, Burna Boy delved into the driving force behind the international appeal of his music.

His remarkable talent was acknowledged with four nominations at the prestigious 66th Grammy Awards, where he etched his name in history as the first Nigerian lead artist nominated beyond the global category and the inaugural African performer at the main ceremony.

Reflecting on his musical journey, Burna Boy emphasized his commitment to showcasing Africa’s rich and diverse sounds, seamlessly weaving elements that resonate with younger audiences.

The 10-time Grammy nominee further stated that he feels proud that his career has encouraged more international collaborations after teaming up with international artists like Ed SheeranStormzyDaveBusta RhymeFuture, and 21 Savage.

Burna Boy further stated that he wants to use his music to show that African artists can make meaningful and impactful albums that can resonate with a global audience while being relevant to his generation. ‘

The Grammy winner says that he’s on a mission to challenge the perception of what African music can be.