Burna Boy is giving some insight into his new album and plans for the future.
In a new interview with Billboard, the Nigerian artist confirms it’s titled Love, Damini and is due out on his birthday, July 2. Damini comes from his birth name, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu.
“That’s how I like to sign all my letters, because I didn’t know the proper [signoff],” Burna says of the title’s meaning. “It’s a bit personal [because] it’s bringing you into my head on my birthday — when you turn 31 and ain’t got no kids, everything is going good and bad at the same time.”
“You reflect and then you get as lit as possible,” he adds. “Then you sleep and wake up and reflect again. I’m reflecting on everything — what I’m doing and what’s happening where I’m from. Where I’m from is a part of where I’m going.”
Burna says his ultimate goal is “to build a bridge between all Black people in all parts of the world through the music and performance. Music is the number-one messenger.”
He’s already making history at different venues across the globe, most recently in April, when he became the first Nigerian act to headline and sell out NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Burna tells Billboard he’s got big plans for future history-making performances.
“My dream venues, other than all the stadiums in the world, are unorthodox, like a theme park or a f****** train station,” he says. “A concert in a big-a** train station, and there’s no trains and the whole tracks are filled with people. I just want to do weird s*** like that for my own pleasure.”
Today, Burna is set to speak at Billboard’s MusicCon in Las Vegas. He’ll then perform during the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
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