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Burna Boy on His New Album: ‘It's not really my comfort zone to be in one place’

Burna Boy explains in an interview with Zane Lowe how he's always willing to explore new sounds in his albums.

Burna Boy released his new album Twice As Tall last week Friday to mixed first reactions. While some peeps were raving about how great the project was, a reasonable number of people weren't moved.

Speaking to Apple Music's Zane Lowe, and not necessarily in response to Twitter, Burna Boy admitted to the project being different to his previous effort.

"It's just very different because I've never really sat and been stuck in one place and had to make an album in that one place before," said Burna Boy during the interview with Zane Lowe on the Beats 1 show New Music Daily. "So this is a new experience. It's a challenge and it was a triumph. It's a challenge because it's something I'm not used to and it's not really my comfort zone to be in one place. I feel like I'm probably like a traveller. A proper caravan."

Twice as Tall features the likes of Youssou N'Dour, Naught By Nature, Sauti Sol, Stormzy and Chris Martin. Speaking on working with the latter, the Nigerian superstar said:


"Yeah, basically it's something I wanted. I recorded the song and there was a space in the hook and in my mind, I'm like, "There's only one person I could possibly think of to fit this, to bring out this message in a way that will have the balance that will make it appealing to everyone else to understand, not just my people, but the whole world to understand." And I'm thinking, "Okay, only Chris Martin can do this." And we went on a hunt for Chris Martin. Apparently Chris was a fan of mine as well, so that kind of made life easier."


Speaking on releasing music during the Covid-19 pandemic, Burna Boy expressed having "mixed emotions".

"At the same time," he said, "I consider every disappointment and every challenge to be a blessing because who knows? It probably wouldn't be this beautiful if we weren't all stuck in this place going through the same things. And everyone is just in a position where they want to listen, they're ready to listen right now because ... and not just dance and not just turn up to, now it's like they want to listen. They want to hear something. So if they want to hear something, why not the truth?"

The musician added that he's using the down-time to watch documentaries and educate himself about the universe. He also added towards the end of the interview how he feels African leaders are holding the continent back.

Listen to the full interview on Apple Music.

Stream Twice As Tall on Apple Music and Spotify.



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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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