The Biden Inaugural Committee has said Nigerian Afrobeats singer and ‘Odogwu’ crooner, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, was included in the inauguration playlist presented by U.S President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to help supporters celebrate the upcoming January 20 inauguration.
In line with the inauguration’s theme “America United”, the Nigerian music star and winner of the 2020 BET Award (Black Entertainment Television) for Best International Act (Burna Boy) will on Wednesday feature alongside various artistes from around the world.
The Nigerian Afrobeats singer signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally.
“Are you planning your #Inauguration2021 at-home watch party? Well let us take one thing off your plate — @DJDNice and @TheRaedio came up with the perfect playlist for you to dance the night away as we ring in our new leaders,” the Biden Inaugural Committee tweeted.
BURNA BOY’S PROMINENCE
Burna Boy rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, the Nigerian Afrobeats singer signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally.
First Nigerian with back-to-back nominations at the Grammy; which made him one of the biggest and most successful African artists.
His third studio album Outside marked his major-label debut. In 2019, he won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards, and was announced as an Apple Music Up Next artist. His fourth studio album African Giant was released in July 2019; it won Album of the Year at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and was nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. He was awarded the African Artiste of the year at the 2020 VGMA’s.
In 2020, his album “Twice as Tall” was nominated for the same category at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, making him the first Nigerian with back-to-back nominations at the Grammy; which made him one of the biggest and most successful African artists.
WHAT THESE SONGS, ARTISTS MEAN
Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO, Tony Allen, explained that “Today we are excited to share President-elect Biden’s and Vice-President-elect Harris’ official inaugural playlist with the nation. These songs and artists reflect the relentless spirit and rich diversity of America.
During a tumultuous year that has kept so many loved ones apart, music has been a consistent vehicle that has kept us connected. Whether you are a country soul, a jazz enthusiast, a hip hop head, a classical sort, or just love that old-time rock and roll, music clarifies, inspires, unites and heals.”
It was gathered that the playlist which can be listened to on the streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Amazon Music features Beyoncé‘s “Find Your Way Back“, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige‘s “Now Or Never“, SZA‘s “Good Days“, Tame Impala‘s “Let It Happen“, Major Lazer and Anitta‘s “Make It Hot“, Bob Marley and The Wailers‘ “Could You Be Loved“, Kygo and Whitney Houston‘s “Higher Love“, Marvin Gaye‘s “Got To Give It Up“, Dua Lipa‘s “Levitating” among many others.
Stars of all stripes are set to participate in the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The event will see a variety of celebrities- including actors, actresses and musicians. Many of the biggest names will appear during Wednesday night’s “Celebrating America” primetime special, hosted by screen legend Tom Hanks.