Burna Boy’s Collaborations With Artists In Europe, America, And Africa

Burna Boy’s Collaborations With Artists In Europe, America, And Africa

BET Best International Act Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu Rex aka As Burna Boy a Nigerian singer and songwriter has always been big on international collaborations.

 Burna Boy  Has a number of international with artist from Europe, America , and Africa.

This list is therefore dedicated to that part of him, but especially on the international front (on features), where he’s often tapped on account of his talent and versatility.

1. Sam Smith ft. Burna Boy – My Oasis (2020)

In the thick of a lockdown, British singer Sam Smith released a slow burning love record, featuring Burna Boy. Written with Jimmy Napes, both artists combine their unique vocals to deliver a timeless record.

“This track has been a beautiful release of emotions for me during this time,” Sam Smith said in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of for years now and am so happy to have a tune with him.”

2. Dave ft. Burna Boy – Location (2019)

A classic Summer anthem, Dave’s “Location” is the lightest song off his 2019 opus Psychodrama, filled with technical rap show and vivid imagery steeped in uncomfortable real-life experiences.

Burna Boy brings some Afro Pop credence to Dave’s party-themed bars and “Location,” given its replay value, has become perhaps the most memorable Dave record.

3. Stormzy Ft. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy – Own It (2019)

Set to appear on “Real Life” off Twice As TallStormzy enjoys a great relationship with Burna Boy, although “Own It” is the first song between both.

A Summer classic, “Own It” followed the massive success of Burna’s fourth album African Giant and also served as the first single off Stormzy’s own project, Heavy Is The Head.  

4 Pop Smoke ft. Burna Boy – Enjoy Yourself [Remix] (2020)

American Drill superstar Pop Smoke passed at the age of 20, ending a life and career that was headed for greatness.

However, family and friends have made efforts to immortalize him, and one of such is the release of his first posthumous album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon which featured iconic artists and buzzing names like 50 Cent and Roddy Ricch. On the deluxe, Nigerian stars Davido and Burna Boy feature, the latter putting in an impressive shift with his rapping on “Enjoy Yourself,” a chill bop driven by the baritones of Pop and Burna.  

5.Jorja Smith ft. Burna Boy – Be Honest (2019)

British R&B and Pop artist Jorja Smith collaborated on African Giant’s “Gum Body,” a fan favorite which flexed Burna’s prowess with romantic bops.

The favor was then returned on (again, a love duet) “Be Honest,” released weeks after AG. It was the singer’s first single after the Grammy-nominated album Lost & Found (2018). In June, the song went platinum in France, hours after it was announced that Burna Boy had topped Billboard’s list of 15 Sub-Saharan African artists, based on global views.

6. Major Lazer ft. Burna Boy – All My Life (2018)

Major Lazer has long revealed an interest in the sounds coming out of Africa. Two years ago, they concretized this with the release of Africa Is The Future, a tape which featured some of the best artists from Africa.

Burna Boy –who since then has featured on Beyoncé’s tape similarly, on a track of his own– featured on that tape, on “All My Life,” a gritty record which espoused on his unique life experiences (“before I turned twenty one I was already savaged out), sung authoritatively over the electronic flourishes of Major Lazer.

7. Mahalia ft. Burna Boy – Simmer (2019)

Off UK singer Mahalia’s debut EP Love and Compromise came “Simmer,” a song that’s been described as “effortlessly infectious, diaphanous, and iridescent.” Over a warm production with splashes of Reggaeton and Reggae, Mahalia and Burna Boy play opposite ends of a lover duo, detailing a relationship that will be less than ideal if more’s demanded than given.

8.J Hus ft. Burna Boy – Play Play (2020)

When J Hus came out of prison to release an album, that body of work was ostensibly personal, packing minutes of introspection via Hus’ trademark delivery. Although a marked difference from his earlier fusions with Afro Pop, J Hus still teamed with collaborator and friend Burna Boy for “Play Play,” a record which, as the title suggests, is a breezy fun record held down by two of the most commanding musical voices we know.

9.DJ Snake ft. Burna Boy– No Option (2019)

Rihanna might have wanted the beat for DJ Snake’s “No Option” (from Carte Blanche) but there’s no doubt Burna Boy rode the production perfectly. No doubt Reggae is a most influential genre to Burna and over a thumping Dubstyle beat with visceral drums and bass, the Nigerian superstar excites, talking his sh*t as usual.

10. DADJU ft. Burna Boy – Donne-moi l’accord

Late 2019, French singer and songwriter DADJU put out a record with Burna Boy, off his Poison album. “Donne-moi l’accord” is produced by Kel P and on the bouncy beat, both artists trade braggadocio lines, a narrative held on the video. For context, the French title loosely translates to “give me the agreement.

11. Lily Allen – Your Choice ft. Burna Boy

While the unexpected collaboration on Heaven’s Gate wowed us at the start of 2018 as the final single before the album “Outside” dropped, Burna Boy and Lily Allen made an arguably better song later in the year titled “Your Choice.”

12. Abra Cadabra – Lemme At Em ft. Burna Boy, Jelani Blackman & Fred

Straight outta the UK Grime scene came this heavy 2017 Hip-Hop cut “Lemme At Em” by Mobo Award winner, Abra Cadabra featuring Burna Boy, Jelani Blackman & Fred.

Literally everyone came korrect on this joint.

13. Rita Ora ft. Burna Boy – Your Song (TeamSalut Remix)

Rita Ora got Burna on the remix to her 2017 hit “Your Song“, with British production outfit, Team Salut, giving the joint a fresh Afrobeats twist.

14. Vybz Kartel ft. Burna Boy – Personally (Remix)

In January 2017, a Vybz Kartel & Burna Boy collaboration leaked online across the Jamaican and African blogosphere. Later in March, the joint was officially released by the World Boss‘ camp as “Personally (Remix)” alongside Burna Boy & Kalado.

15. Fall Out Boy ft. Burna Boy – Sunshine Riptide

Now, this is one collaboration that stunned virtually everyone. I mean… Fall Out Boy… and Burna Boy…? It turns out Pete Wentz (band vocalist and bassist) was a Burna fan. In an interview with HMV.com, Pete explained: “I’m a big fan of the scene that’s happening with hip-hop in Lagos, with him and Mr Eazi. So we hit him up and just let him know that we are fans. The rest came together pretty easily.”

16. M.anifest ft. Burna Boy – Tomorrow (2019)

In many circles, M.anifest is considered as a GOAT-tier rapper and very often he proves it on his records. “Tomorrow,” a love-led featuring a classic hook from Burna Boy, was the first single off the rapper’s Afrobeats-heavy EP The Gamble. Over a laidback beat, M.anifest and Burna convinces a love interest they’ll love her (today) like there was no tomorrow.

17. Harmonize, Burna Boy & Diamond Platnumz – Kainama (2019)

When Davido jumped on the remix of Diamond Platnumz’s “Number One,” little did he know he was opening the door to what would become a fruitful relationship between Tanzanian and Nigerian artists. Hotshot Bongo Flava act, Harmonize‘s “Kainama” is one such proof, a catchy record created for the dancefloors; as always, Burna Boy delivers a standout contribution, fitting seamlessly alongside the other artists.

18. Shatta Wale ft. Burna Boy – Hosanna (2017)

Very few people know Dancehall titans Shatta Wale and Burna Boy have collaborated before. “Hosanna,” released early 2017 –a year before Burna’s global domination– was a glorious reflection of the hardwork both artists have put in and how far they had to go by God’s grace.

19. Sarkodie ft. Burna Boy & AKA – Special Someone (2013)

Sarkodie has the uncanny ability to create timeless love records and “Special Someone” is no doubt a member of that Sark class. Calling upon the quality of a Burna Boy hook and an AKA verse, the Ghanaian wordsmith curated a classic song. As for Burna Boy, the hook on “Special Someone” is arguably among his best ten.

20. Cassper Nyovest ft. M.I. & Burna Boy – Doc Shebeleza (Remix) [2015]

Circa 2014, South African rapper Cassper Nyovest had one of the biggest songs on the continent. He’d featured legendary American MC Talib Kweli on another remix but he just had to feature two of Nigeria’s sickest with the flows didn’t he? M.I. and Burna Boy spazzed on the remix, more so the latter, a great feat considering he isn’t really a rapper.

21. Juls ft. Burna Boy – Gwarn (2017)

Ghanaian producer Juls is credited as a foremost figure in the Afrobeats to the World movement due to his work with several African artists, from Mr. Eazi to Burna Boy. “Gwarn,” his effort with the latter, features the Banku sound he’s best known for, setting a lush landscape for Burna’s intimate singing about a lady who wants him “to leave everything [he]  do and come and hang with her.”

22. Kabza De Small ft. Wizkid, Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest & Madumane – Sponono (2020)

Amapiano is right now considered among the most lucrative African sounds and Kabza De Small is one of its pioneers. This year, he put out I Am The King Of Amapiano: Sweet And Dust album, a multi hour listen dubbed a “creative landmark” by music journo Ayo Dennis Peter, and includes collaborators from around Africa.

Sponono,” the infectious hit single, pairs Nigerian acts Wizkid and Burna Boy with SA’s Cassper Nyovest and Madumane. Given Burna Boy’s famed versatility, it’s no wonder he slot perfect into this record and was perhaps the best feature.

23. AKA ft. Da L.E.S, JR & Burna Boy – All Eyes On Me (2014) 

Before Burna Boy began casting his sights further outwards, he’d collaborated with a number of South African artists who found a hitmaker in Burna.

Circa 2014, Burna Boy had earned a reputation as a master of anthemic hooks, and “All Eyez On Me,” follows in the tradition of Summer raps: commanding but easy-on-the-ears bars, a catchy hook and bouncy production. When Burna Boy dropped that hook for Eyes, he asserted his status as Africa’s versatile king, home anywhere.

24. Sauti Sol ft. Burna Boy – Afrikan Star (2019)

In 2019, Kenyan group Sauti Sol collaborated across Africa, touching base with talents from countries as diverse as Nigeria and Tanzania.

One of the standouts of that album–Afrikan Sauce– is the Burna-assisted “Afrikan Star,” a song which features the delicate plucking of guitar strings and sentimental songwriting. Burna Boy’s at home with the Sauti boys, and their powers fuse admirably.

25. Master KG ft. Nomcebo Zikode & Burna Boy – Jerusalema (Remix) [2020]

Master KG, with “Skeleton Dance” and then “Jerusalema,” scored two massive hits in Nigeria. In homes, on dance floors, and even our headphones, we were taken with the philosophical perspective in KG’s music, the therapeutic quality of the House production.

Burna Boy, never one to let a good song off, jumped on the remix of “Jerusalama.” Upon release, Nigerians and South Africans went crazy for the song, even wiping Burna’s slate clean in SA, where he’d been in a politically-induced ruckus with some members of the country.

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