African Music Culture

Mega History as Americans Embrace Burna Boy’s Afrobeats Charm

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Written by Teresa Mwangi

Nigerian crooner Burna Boy concert USA rewrote his unique history in serving a global audience with riveting Nigerian Afrobeat tunes.

His recent performance at the Citi Field Stadium in New York left yet another mark of success in his career. The 32-year-old is a darling back home in Nigeria and the US where he has continuously totally sold out two mega concerts since 2022.  What’s more stunning is his front-line support system with his mother Bose Ogulu acting as his manager. Further, his sister Nissi tags along as a curtain-raiser and this completes his world.

Where Did Burna Boy Perform in USA?

Burna Boy concert USA was at the Citi Field Stadium in New York City on Saturday, July 8. He entertained 41,800 fans who filled the stadium. He became the first African artist to sell out a concert at the Citi Field Stadium.

The Grammy Award-winning Nigerian artist performed songs from his globally acclaimed albums, such as Outside, Love Damini, Twice As Tall, and African Giant. He gave the crowd a preview of some of his upcoming tracks as well. His sister Nissi set the mood for fans by performing a rendition of some of her brother’s famous songs before he charmed the audience.

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Burna Boy. Photo/Billboard

One of his most amazing performances was Last Last off his sixth and most recent album Love Damini. He sampled beats from Toni Braxton’s all-time RnB hit song ‘He Wasn’t Man Enough’, a song he fell in love with as a young lad.  He engaged Braxton and producer Chopstix who agreed to sample the song’s beats and it is one of his biggest songs yet in the US and Europe.

What animated the concert even more was having British rapper Dave on the stage alongside Burna Boy. They jointly performed Location and it whipped up excitement among fans. SZA and Busta Rhymes were in attendance adding to the event’s star-studded atmosphere.

As if Burna Boy concert USA was a dream; the On The Low singer took to Instagram to share his humbling experience. He said that he always looked forward to such moments in life where he would perform in large-capacity stadiums. The memories of the years he had his performances in small venues remain fresh in his mind and they inspired him to dream bigger.

He recalled performing in smaller venues like the 1,800-seat PlayStation Theater in 2017 and the 500-seat Gramercy Theatre in 2018. Burna Boy also performed at the renowned Apollo Theatre with a capacity of 1,538 in 2019 before growing international grace came his way.

The ‘Kilometer’ singer surprised his fans across the world when he totally sold out Madison Square Garden in New York in 2022. The nearly 20,000-capacity stadium jammed to some of his best songs.

Where is Burna Boy Performing 2023?

Besides the Burna Boy concert USA where he performed at Citi Field Stadium in New York City, he will perform at Arnhem Gelredome in The Netherlands.  The Ogulu heir also performed at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, UK in June as part of his Love Damini Europe Tour. His band ‘The Outsiders’ accompanied him to the concert.

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Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy at a past concert. Photo/Capital News

The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, making it Burna Boy’s highest-charting album to date. It also topped the charts in Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa. Further, earned a Gold certification in the United States, with over 100,000 units sold. It has also been certified Platinum in Nigeria, with over 200,000 units sold.

Its lead single, Last Last was a massive hit, reaching number one in several countries and amassing over 100 million streams on Spotify. Some of the other popular singles off this album are For My Hand featuring British artist Ed Sheeran.

Has Burna Boy Ever Performed in Kenya?

Burna Boy performed in Kenya in 2017 but it wasn’t all that glamourous. Hundreds of fans thronged Club Privee in Nairobi’s commercial hub, Westlands in April 2017 but he showed up at 3 am and only performed for 30 minutes. This riled up fans.

He returned to Mombasa in 2019 for the NRG Wave Festival where he performed for one hour. Kenyan promoters in early 2023 also revealed that they are unable to bring him anymore because his rate card is exorbitant. His rate card is $ 496,102 (Sh70 million).

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About the author

Teresa Mwangi

Teresa is a journalist with years of experience in creating web content. She is a wanderlust at heart, loves travelling and telling stories about tour and travel in Africa by every angle.

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