Damini Ogulu, a singer popularly known as Burna Boy, has said the spirits, and not planned writing, determine the outlook of his songs.
Speaking in an interview ahead of the release of his fifth studio album entitled: “Twice as Tall”, the singer revealed that none of his songs have been written pre-planned, noting that the lyrics and composition come naturally to him.
“Music is a spiritual thing,” Burna Boy told the New York Times in an interview published on its website on Wednesday.
“I’ve never picked up a pen and paper and written down a song in my life.
“It all just comes, like someone is standing there and telling me what to say. It’s all according to the spirits. Some of us are put on this earth to do what we do.”
The “African Giant” crooner said his upcoming album details his accomplishments and his vulnerabilities and encourages ambition and perseverance against long odds.
He also lamented that the right history is not being taught to African children in schools, especially with regards to colonialism and racism, adding that they grow up having an unbalanced perspective of life.
“We’re not what they teach in schools out here. They don’t teach the right history, the history of strength and power that we originally had and that they should be teaching now. They don’t really teach the truth about how we ended up in the situation we’re in. They don’t teach the truth about what’s going on now and how to overcome it. And I believe that knowledge is power,” he said.
The “Ye” singer insisted that it is time for the countries and cultures of Africa to unite as one continent, saying that he would prefer his kids to identify themselves with an “African passport” rather than Nigerian one.
He said: “I want my children to have an African passport, not a Nigerian passport.
“I do not identify with any tribe. I do not identify with any country. I do not identify with anything, really. I identify with the world in the universe — I believe I am a citizen of the world.
“I have a responsibility to the world. But at the same time in the world, it’s my people who are really getting the short end of the stick. It’s just doing what I have to do when I have to do it.”
Burna Boy’s new body of work, “Twice as Tall” is expected to be released on 13 August.
The album has popular American musician and producer, Sean Combs, a.k.a. Diddy, as an Executive Producer.