Slim Burna releases new single “Oya Na” - The Africa News


Slim Burna, a Nigerian rapper, Hiphop and dance hall artist has released a new song “Oya Na” from his forthcoming album “Dirty Dancehall”.

Slim Burna whose real name is Gabriel Halliday, was born in Essex, UK, and returned to Nigeria when he was two years old.

Growing up in a family composed mainly of girls, Slim Burna said he was forced to listen to songs from artists like, Tracy Chapman, Boy 2 Men, Michael Jackson and Keith Sweat, but those songs didn't really interest him until he listened to 2pac, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Dmx, Obie Trice, Eminem, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, and Ruff Ryders. That’s when he fell in love with Hiphop and decided to start writing his songs.

During his early years in the music industry, Gabriel’s childhood friends gave him the name "Slim Burna" meaning "the slim bone that burns".

His previous releases include “Whatz ur name”, “Is 4 u”, “I like to move it”, “Kpasima” and “Highness Madness”.

Slim Burna rose to fame in 2009 he released a re-make of “Oyoyo” (a track originally recorded by Jay Martins) which was featured in several mixtapes put together by Naija DJs Coalition.

The single became an instant hit. "Oyoyo" is a childhood slang in Nigeria used when the child's mum has returned home (mummy oyoyo).

Slim Burna said he decided to do the re-make of “Oyoyo” because he felt the song wasn't complete.

“I love my European fans,” Slim Burna said. “Thanks guys for being very supportive, you guys should continue to keep that love going for me and I promise to bring nothing but good African music to your ears.”


By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a