Buju Joins Burna Boy, Nissi On The Spaceship Cruise

Spaceship Entertainment, the record label of Nigerian superstar Burna Boy, announced signing Buju, a singer and songwriter. With a post on the official Instagram page @spacecollective, “Please welcome our new Afro-Fusion artist @bujutoyourears #SpaceFam.”, the label announced Buju’s addition to the label that already houses Burna Boy and his sister Nissi an Afro-fusion artist.

This confirmation comes after months of media speculation that Buju had signed to the label following the release of the remix to his popular single L’enu which was released under Spaceship. The two acts have been frolicking, the younger BUJU playing protege to Burna, a major influence in his own music. This deal moves Spaceship from a family affair to proper music and entertainment company.

Who is Buju?

He is the young artist who burst onto the scene in 2019 after his request for Zlatan to feature on his song, ‘Spiritual’ went viral. Before then, some core Nigerian fans had known him on the freemium streaming platform, Soundcloud. As 2018 drew to a close and 2019 took off, Buju got co-signs from numerous OAPs and media personalities.

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By the middle of 2019, Zlatan finally agreed to feature on ‘Spiritual’ and the song was warmly received by Nigerians. In July 2019, Zlatan told Dotun and Kemi Smallz on Midday Oasis by Cool FM how the collaboration happened. After then, Buju released two singles, ‘Commander’ and ‘L’enu’ to warm reception.

In December 2019, word on the street was that Burna Boy had jumped on a remix of L’enu and planned to sign the emerging act. Nonetheless, a video for the remix was released on April 16, 2020.

In an interview with OkayAfrica, Buju says, “Yeah I started writing music in junior secondary school (JSS1), that was like 2011. At the time I was bearing the name Drizzle, it was sort of a corny name because at the time I used to bed-wet and I used to rap, and niggas were feeling me. I wanted to call myself Drizzy but that’s Drake’s name, so I stuck with Drizzle. I was just rapping, then I joined the choir and started doing solo performances at valedictory services and all that, and it just practically went on and on into university.”

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This deal equally opens Buju up to international deals. Not only is Burna Boy AKA African Giant Nigeria’s biggest music export right now, but he is also signed to Warner Music via Atlantic Records, Bad Habit, and his own label, Spaceship. However, it is yet unclear if Buju becomes a part of that set-up or if Buju is only signed to Spaceship for now. The latter would mean Spaceship remains an independent label that can sign artists to other labels asides Bad Habit/Atlantic/Warner.

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