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"African Giant" album cover.

Listen to Burna Boy's New Album 'African Giant'

The highly-anticipated album—featuring Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley, Future Jorja Smith and more—is finally here.

The wait is over. Following a slew of standout singles throughout the year, an international tour, repping for Nigeria at Coachella, and a host of memorable collaborations Burna Boy's studio album African Giant is finally here.

The 19-track album boasts features from Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley, Future, M.anifest, Jorja Smith, Jeremih and more. It includes the previous released singles "Anybody," "On the Low," "Killin' Dem," "Gbona," "Dangote," and "Pull Up" which the artist dropped earlier this week.

African Giant sees the artist taking his signature 'afrofusion' to the next level, offering a bevy of infectious sounds rooted in afrobeat, highlife, dancehall, R&B, hip hop and more.


In the lead-up to the album, the artist has received increased International acclaim. He appeared on Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift compilation album, as the only artist besides Bey herself with a solo track. He made his late night debut this past Tuesday, performing "Anybody" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

With this increased visibility, the artist continues to establish himself as Nigeria's biggest musical ambassador. With African Giant, the artist proves, once again, that he is indeed deserving of the title.

Listen to the album below via Spotify and Apple Music.


Interview
Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

Interview: Simi Is Taking Risks

Nigerian star Simi talks about the successes & risks of this year, her thoughts on the #EndSARS protests, and how her husband, Adekunle Gold, inspired Restless II.

Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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