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Burna Boy Is Apple Music's New 'Up Next' Artist

The 'African Giant' joins Apple Music's Up Next program.

Burna Boy is the latest artist to get a spot in Apple Music's Up Next program, OkayAfrica is excited to announce today.

The Nigerian afro-fusion star has been coming off a huge year that saw him perform at Coachella and win the BET Award for Best International Act. He's also readying the release of his upcoming album, African Giant, from which we've had the infectious single "Anybody" on repeat.

Burna Boy's inclusion in the program comes with a new Beats 1 interview with Julie Adenuga, which is live today, and an upcoming short documentary on the Nigerian artist due July 16.

"I'm super excited to be part of the Apple Music Up Next campaign," says Burna Boy. "Apple continuously comes up with new initiatives to support artists globally and push the African culture. It's an honor to be a part of this and with my African Giant album coming out soon, the timing is perfect."


"My granddad was a DJ in Lagos; all the records would come to him first," Burna Boy tells Apple Music in the Up Next short. "I would find myself being inspired by things that I've heard as a kid: Nigerian music or African music, some French music or some Jamaican music. When it's time for music to be made, it's almost like my ancestors just come into me and then it's them."

"Burna Boy has built his brand his way and has been on fire all over Africa and the UK," mentions Ebro Darden, Apple Music's Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B. "He does things his way and Apple Music is honored to be able to connect with Burna Boy on this moment and help make the name even more well known!"

Watch a preview of Apple Music's Up Next short on Burna Boy and check out a clip from the Julie Adenuga interview below.

Apple Music Up Next: Burna Boy | Apple Music youtu.be


Bad Burna: Up Next Beats 1 Interview | Apple Music youtu.be

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Nana Mensah's 'Queen of Glory' To Screen At The 2021 TriBeCa Film Festival

Ghanaian-American actress, writer and filmmaker Nana Mensah talks tenacity in filmmaking and telling immigrant stories from a joyful perspective.

Much has changed in the time since Nana Mensah first had the idea for her directorial feature debut — a dark comedy about a Ghanaian-American scientist trying to reconcile her family heritage in the wake of her mother's death — and began the Kickstarter in 2014 that would help turn it into a film. It may have taken a few years, but the movie Queen of Glory is now showcasing as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival's 20th edition, with a world premiere set to take place at Hudson River Park on June 15th.

When Mensah began working on the film, she was trying to break into an industry that lacked roles for complex, conflicted characters — particularly for Black women. So, she co-founded a production company with her friend Anya Migdal to create those very kinds of projects. She has since forged a solid stage and screen career, with roles in Netflix's Bonding and 13 Reasons Why, as well as NBC's New Amsterdam, and in theatrical productions alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Anthony Mackie. Last year she was in Ekwa Msinga's Farewell Amor, as well as Apple's Anthology series Little America, and she'll soon be seen in Netflix's The Chair with Sandra Oh this summer and Kogonada's upcoming film After Yang, with Colin Farrell. Yet through it all, Mensah has never lost sight of finishing her first film project.

She opens up about what it took to get the film from a mere idea to the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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