Burna Boy released âWonderful,â a bright new single that hints at reggaeton, on Thursday.
Itâs the Nigerian starâs first release since Marchâs âOdogwu.â
The crisp beat underpinning âWonderfulâ ensures that itâll be at home on dance floors â once they re-open â around the Atlantic; it also seems ready made for radio mix-shows.
While the drum programming is lean, the single gains a jolt from reverential harmonies made up of Burna Boyâs own multi-tracked voice, a cheerful, pinging riff that sounds like it was played on a xylophone, and a jaunty horn line.
âWonderfulâ precedes Twice as Tall, Burna Boyâs upcoming album, which is set for release later this summer.
It follows last yearâs African Giant, which has earned more than 162 million streams to date in the U.S., according to the analytics company Alpha Data.
2019 also saw Burna Boy contribute to Daveâs âLocationâ (Top 10 in the U.K.), BeyoncÃ©âs The Lion King: The Gift (which debuted at Number Two in the U.S.), and Stormzyâs âOwn Itâ (Number One in the U.K.). In addition, he earned a Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album.
âOne thing thatâs constant [in my career] is growth,â the singer told Rolling Stone last year. âItâs not an up and down thing. I climbed every step. I donât skip steps â Iâm too heavy to skip steps.â