As all ears are currently tingling to the soothing melodies in Burna Boy’s latest studio album, Love, Damini. Excitement is rife among the people of Port Harcourt, as the Grammy-winning singer spotlighted the plight of his people in one of the records dubbed, Whiskey.
“Port Harcourt residents dem no dey breathe fresh air, my people! When you wake up in the morning, you cough black soot,” the song opens, as a woman’s commentary soars.
The Afro-pop record blooms gently with Burna Boy satirising the extant air pollution, which has long bedevilled the residents of his hometown in Port Harcourt.
“Because of Oil and Gas/ My city so dark/ Pollution make the air turn black/ Every man has to stay on guard,” his lyricism shines brightly across the sombre bop.
The air pollution crisis has lingered in the ‘Garden City’ for over seven years, as illegal crude oil refinement continues to make the skies choke with soot. Despite several law enforcement efforts by the Rivers State government to tackle the crisis, the illegal refinement continues to thrive in plain sight.
Burna Boy’s Love, Damini project, which was released yesterday, is out across all digital stores. The project is an immersive commentary on life as both a Nigerian, and as a human being, nipping several emotions, experiences and aspirations in the bud with the 19-track record, which also features global superstars such as J Balvin, Ed Sheeran, J Hus, among others.