Burna Boy - African Giant

2 years ago

“Saying ‘African Giant’ goes [to] a lot more than music,” Burna Boy tells Apple Music. “It’s a symbol of strength. That’s what I want my people to feel like, to realise that they are.”

On the Nigerian Afrofusion kingpin’s fourth studio album, that credo of understanding your worth and truth rings through songs which address success (“Gbona”), respect (“Anybody”), love and desire (“On the Low”) and poverty, aspiration and the daily grind (“Dangote”).

Burna Boy might talk of ancestral influence overtaking his messaging and songwriting—“When it’s time for music to be made, it’s almost like my ancestors just come into me and then it’s them,” he says—but he continues to skilfully consolidate the new with the old. Leading-edge pop, hip-hop and R&B fuse with Afrobeat and reggae traditions in vibrant grooves that are rich but never overcooked.

His vocals demonstrate a matching versatility, shifting gears with supercar precision and ricocheting between English, Yoruba and Nigerian Pidgin.

“Music is supposed to be a universal language,” he says. “You understanding what I’m saying is secondary. The primary thing is what does the person inside of you hear? What does your spirit hear? That’s the job of music—that’s what it’s supposed to do.”

Attached File:

[Intro]
Telli me down
Telli me telli me down…
Wooyiwooyi woo

[Hook]
Tell ’em Africa we don dire
So here comes the African Giant
Many, many people don’t try ah
But you can’t test the African Giant
Emi omo’logo logo
Who no getti person wey me no know
Making dem loko oh no
Make you no dey do like otokolo

[Verse 1]
See nobody do it better‚ better than me
Can’t nobody do it better
Check am and see
I know say one day e go better
I go carry Grammy
Because anything wey better require planning
Don mi don mi o

Nothing you can do
Because God no give you
More than you can handle
Na so dem mama go bella
‘ebelebe lo’
Na so dem papa go hala
‘ebelebe oo’

Ogododelugo chi chi (3ce)
Ele li le le oo
Ogododelugo chi chi (3ce)
Ele li le le oo

[Hook]
Tell ’em Africa we don dire
So here comes the African Giant
Many, many people don’t try ah
But you can’t test the African Giant
Emi omo’logo logo
Who no getti person wey me no know
Making dem loko oh no
Make you no dey do like otokolo

Telli me telli me down
Telli me telli me telli me down….

[Outro – Igbo native tongue]

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