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“Twice As Tall”. Today we are to explore and break everything single unique photos and art work you see at his Album. Check below.
The 15-track album Twice As Tall is produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Bosede Ogulu, and Burna Boy himself with features from Youssou N’dour, Naughty By Nature, Kenyan band Sauti Sol, Stormzy, and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
The Grammy’s Award Nominee has also released an animated comic on YouTube titled “The Secret Flame” narrated by his grandfather, Benson Idonije, who was the manager of the iconic Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti.
Burna Boy as quoted referred to the album as the album about a period of time in his life. He said in a press release that, “It’s the album about the struggle for freedom. It’s the album about life in general, real life, good times, bad times, happy times, sad times, great times.”
In one of his earlier post on Instagram, Burna Boy explained further on his choice of not including the album title in text form on the cover art. He said he wanted the art to speak for itself.
In today’s post, we’re going to be looking at hidden meanings behind the controversial album art. As an avid observer, Twice As Tall album art is isn’t just an album art like those you are acquainted with. There is more to it and that’s what we’ll be looking at in this article. Stay tuned and enjoy the post.
1. Queen Idia
The number one item in the album art as labeled in the above picture is Queen Idia of Benin.
Queen Idia was the mother of Esigie, the king who ruled Benin from 1504 to 1550. She was very instrumental in the rise and reign of her son. She was a great warrior who fought relentlessly for the rise and reign of Esigie.
Esigie became the Oba of Benin after the death of his father, Oba Ozolua.
Before Esigie became the Oba, there was a clash between him and his brother,Arhuaran. Queen Idia raised a battle to fight off Arhuaran, who was later on defeated. Esigie then went on to became the 17th Oba of Benin.
As a means of celebrating his mother, Queen Idia, he went on and insitiuted the title of “Iyoba” and conferred it on his mother. He also created “Eguae-Iyoba“. “Iyoba” means Queen Mother and “Eguae-Iyoba” means Palace of the King’s Mother.
2. University of Timbuktu
Timbuktu refers to modern day Mali.
The term “University of Timbuktu” is a collective name associated with three mosques in the city of Timbuktu which are Djinguereber, Sankore, and Sidi Yahya mosques.
In the modern sense it wasn’t a University but a loosely organized scholastic community that survived for many centuries during the medieval period. The medieval period in European history lies between the fall of the Roman Empire & the Renaissance period.
The three mosques as listed above made Timbuktu an important centre when it comes to propagation of Islamic culture.
The primary focus of study was the Quran and Islamic subjects. Academic subjects taught include medicine and surgery, anatomy, botany, evolution, physiology and zoology, astronomy, anthropology, cartography, geodesy, geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, philosophy, language and linguistics, geography, history, as well as art.
The ancient University had 25, 000students out of a total city population of 100,000.