Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burnaboy recorded the song of the year with his 2018 released single, ‘Ye’, but his new release is not getting the same love from his fans.
On Friday, March 1, 2019, Burna Boy released his first official single for the year, titled, Dangote.
Following what can be described as Burnaboy best year yet in his close to a decade year of artistry, the singer who was voted the 2018 Soundcity ‘Artist of the year’ kick started 2019 with a new song where he taps into a well worked formula by tapping inspiration from the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti‘s classic songs, ‘Palaver’, to tell his Nigerian story.
While viewing his hustle on one hand from the perspective of that of Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, Burna Boy also tells the story of strive, youth unemployment, day-to-day challenges and the never ending pursuit for money.
Few days after, he dished out a very relatable and well scripted visual directed by Clarence Peters, the visual uses different characters reflecting varying settings of life as it affects the average Nigerian to highlight the message of the song and further enhance its popularity.
However, unlike this time in 2018, when he released his album, ”Outside”, from which the monster anthem, ‘Ye’ came to life, a song that grew as national anthem and asBurna’s fans all over the world excitedly helped to blow it up before the subsequent releases of his other singles like ‘On The Low’, ‘Gbona’ and the Zlatan assisted street anthem, ‘Killing Dem’, that crowned his run, ‘Dangote’ is not exactly getting the same unequivocal love especially from his fans on social media.
While it is possible that many can still change their opinions about ‘Dangote’, which is fast becoming a hit song, the more they listen and allow it grow on them, the early reactions have equally been mixed.
For a section of music lovers, there have been echoes of underwhelming disapproval from an artist who they believe is one of the finest talents of his generation, and there are others who have termed this as a ‘Jam of life.’