Nigerian singer and music sensation, Burna Boy has released his much-anticipated album Twice As Tall. He made the announcement on his social media handles in the early hours of today, Friday, August 14, 2020.
The Album which was produced by Sean Puffy Combs, AKA P.Diddy is a 15 tracker, featuring the likes of Naughty by Nature, Sauti Sol, Chris Martin, and Youssou N’dour.
While there are tracks which immediately grab your ears like the previously released single Wonderful, No fit Vex, 23, Time flies, Monsters you made and Bank on It, this album appears to be missing that distinct African sound which Burna rode on to global acclaim.
One struggles to reconcile Burna’s vocals with what appears to be an attempt to recreate the Afro-beat sound so that it is more suited to western tastes but the danger of this approach is that it is often based on the wrong premise that Western audiences will be more impressed with a westernized African sound.
The reason Burna appeals to Western audiences is mainly because of his native African Sound, but it would appear that in a bid to gain more popularity in the West, Burna is making the same mistake Dbanj made by signing up a Western producer to produce his album.
While there is no doubt about the dexterity of P.Diddy as a music producer, it’d take a Nigerian producer to really interpret Burna’s songs and deliver that distinct African sound that accompanies Burna’s vocals and makes it such a delight to listen to.
So one listens to this album in total awe of the game Burna brings, yet something is missing – that distinct ingredient of the Nigerian Afro-beat sound, that unique rhythm and deep African baseline that is entirely a Nigerian invention. One may need several listens to begin to acclimatize to this new sound.