72nd NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show: Meet Burna Boy
With the NBA All-Star Game looming ever closer, here’s a lowdown on one of the event’s headline acts, Burna Boy
Clarence Mac Ebong
●17th February 2023
The NBA tapped up some of our artists to headline the Halftime Show at the All-Star game. It’s a big achievement for the artists and, by extension, the country Nigeria, as it proves our ability to export great talents. Tems, Burna Boy, and Rema are the names who will be on everyone’s lips leading up to the show. If you don’t know who they are, this is a great place to learn more.
Burna Boy is one of Africa’s most unique personalities. Born Damini Ogulu, the Nigerian singer has stormed the world with infectious rhythm. His sound is evergreen, one that takes you through a range of emotions, from introspective to euphoric. Starting as an outsider, Burna has gone on to dominate Nigeria and now the world, performing at a growing list of major cities around the globe.
Even global superstars have small starts. Although he broke out in 2012 with the vibey “Like to Party”, he released Burn Identity in 2011 to a great response from a niche fanbase. He touched base with artists like LOS and Davido in the build-up to his debut album, titled L.I.F.E: Leaving an Impact For Eternity. The album housed top records like “#YawaDey”, “Tonight”, “Roses” and “Run My Race”, just to name a few.
He continued his ascent to the top of Nigeria’s music scene with a host of features and mixtapes. But one could argue that his peak started with the release of Outside. 2018 marked the beginning of an era of unprecedented success for Burna Boy as he wowed his fans and doubters alike. Outside saw Burna Boy tap into a sound that served a double dose of Nigerian and foreign appeal.
That appeal came to light when his 2019 project, African Giant was nominated for a Grammy. Although he didn’t win that award, African Giant contextualized the bittersweet experience of life as a Nigerian, as well as some aspects of our history. The Grammy loss didn’t hold over him for too long as he redeemed himself with a Grammy win for Best Global Music Album for his album Twice As Tall.
He has since gone from strength to strength with his music. Burna’s sound is easy to love and most people who come in contact with it do. Despite his maverick nature, the “Last Last” singer basks in the perpetual spotlight that shines on him. He will surely revel in it when he graces the stage at the NBA All-Star Game this weekend.