“Outside” crooner Burna Boy, whose given name is Damini Ogulu, has just added to his videography with the release of “Ye,” which joins previous video projects like “P.A.I.D,” directed by Sesan, and “Deja vu,” directed by Clarence Peters.
“Ye” literally calls attention to itself, not just in the title but in the message as well. The release of the video coincides with the anniversary week of the late afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and the video itself is more of a tribute to the late maestro.
Its message is political and hard to miss; one can even see the close resemblance between the costume worn by the dancers in the video and those usually worn by Fela’s dancers.
Egberi Papa the First, aka Timaya, made a brief appearance in the video, but did make his presence felt.
Burna Boy, who rose to prominence in 2012 with the release of the single “Like To Party,” has consistent released songs that put him out there as among Nigeria’s finest, if controversial, musicians. Songs like “Devil in California,” and “Plotting” readily come to mind.
Clarence Peters, who had directed “Deja vu,” directed “Ye” as well.
Stream or download “Ye” by Burna Boy below. It may turn the pages of history before your eyes: