Burna Boy – First African music artist to sell out the MSG

Burna Boy, Atlantic Records.

If you are familiar with the Nigerian music terrain, then you have probably heard the name, Burna Boy. But if not, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy is a Nigerian music act who rose to stardom sometime between 2012 and 2013 after releasing the album L.I.F.E.

Now, Burna Boy isn’t your average musical talent, his voice has got a blend of sonority and honey mixed in a jar of hot and spicy ginger. If you can imagine what that would sound like. Unique would be a more subtle word to describe his voice.

Despite his young age, Burna boy has gone on to achieve great feats. In 2019 he won the International Best Act at the BET Awards and the Album of the Year at the All Africa Music Awards for his album “African Giant”. In 2020, he was nominated for the Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards and in 2021, he won the Best World Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards for his album “Twice as Tall”. He has also been nominated for other groundbreaking awards, has won the African Artist of the year at the 2020 VGMA (Vodafone Ghana Music Awards) and was announced as Apple Music Up Next artist. Burna Boy has continuously outdone himself.

On 7 October 2018, Burna performed before a sold-out crowd at the O2 arena in London. And was announced as one of Spotify’s New Afro Hub Takeover Artists as well as being named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise for the third consecutive month. We’d honestly love to tell you more about many of his other great achievements but time and space would not permit. And besides, that’s not why you are here, right?

Well, Burna was recently in the news again and this time HE SOLD OUT THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!

On 28 April, 2022, Burna Boy, African giant and Grammy Award winner sold out the Madison Square Garden making him the first African music artist to achieve this feat. Burna performed to an excited crowd of over 20 000 at the Madison Square Garden. Although he not so coyly informed Trevor Noah to “move on”, (implying that this should not be a big deal). You can catch the interview here.

Burna is known for his uniquely stylish African styles and is being managed by his mom. Selling out the Madison Square Garden might be commonplace for American artists but as Trevor Noah said, “Nigerian artists have taken Africa to the world”. Burna Boy’s latest achievement affirms this and definitely has paved the way for better things for other artists.

We don’t know how much of an impact this would have on the African entertainment space, but we do know that 28 April, 2022 was the day Burna Boy’s One Night In Space helped in strengthening the narrative that Nigerians, and indeed Africans are enlightened citizens of the world, conquering the world, and beating down status quo.

All hail the African Giant.

All hail Burna Boy.

All hail the black heritage.