Burna Boy pays tribute to African playwright legend Ama Ata Aidoo

Burna Boy pays tribute to African playwright legend Ama Ata Aidoo

- Highly-revered Ghanaian author and playwright, Ama Ata Aidoo, has been featured on the latest album of Nigerian Grammy Award nominee, Burna Boy

- The album, Twice As Tall, recognises Ama Aidoo as an advocate in shaping a positive narrative about the African image in the 12th record on the album, Monsters You Made

- Monsters You Made highlights Ama Ata Aidoo's interview she granted about imperialism and its effect on Africa years ago

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Celebrated African literary titan, Ama Ata Aidoo, has been greatly celebrated in the latest 15-track album Twice As Tall by Nigerian afrobeat artist, Burna Boy.

The album, which was released in August and has received worldwide acclaim, recognises Ama Ata Aidoo as an advocate in projecting a positive African image.

Burna Boy acknowledges Ama Aidoo’s contribution in shaping the African narrative in a positive perspective against the western narrative that highlights Africa in the context of a poverty-stricken continent.

Burna Boy features Ghanaian playwright legend Ama Ata Aidoo on Twice As Tall album (Videos)

Ghanaian author and playwright, Ama Ata Aidoo featured in Nigerian Afrobeat artiste, Burna Boy's Twice as Tall album. Photo credit: UGC
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Monsters You Made, which is the 12th track on Burna Boy's album, Twice As Tall, highlights the shortfalls that accompany white imperialism. It features a 23-second extract of the highly-revered Ama Ata Aidoo’s informed views during an interview she granted on imperialism and its attendant effect on Africa.

In the interview, the Ghanaian author and playwright stated that:

''Since we met you people 500 years ago, look at us, we’ve given everything, you’re still taking. In exchange for that we have got nothing. Nothing! And you know it.''

Ama Ata Aidoo granted the interview in 1987 which has now become iconic in the fight towards obliterating the effect of white imperialism.

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After so many years, Nigerian and 2020 Grammy Award nominee, Burna Boy, passionately raps:

''You know we come from a place, where people smile, but it is fake, how could they smile if you look around they are surrounded by pain.''

In another story, talented Nigerian singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu Rex, professionally known as Burna Boy, is what everyone is buzzing about at the moment and his fifth album, Twice As Tall, is the reason.

The singer, who released the body of work on 14 August, has no doubt gained international recognition. His contribution to Beyonce's The Lion King: The Gift album in 2019 has also been considered a great feat.

In a recent phone interview with New York Post, the 29-year-old singer, who travelled to London for his album launch, spoke about the body of work.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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