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Burna Boy Took Over London's O2 Academy With a Massive, Sold-Out Show

Of course, the crowd went absolutely wild when "Ye" came on.

On Sunday, Nigerian afrofusion star Burna Boy reached a new career high, performing before a sold-out crowd at London's O2 Academy Brixton.

During his set, the singer ran through many of his most popular tunes, proving once again that he's one of the best performers on the scene. The entire 3-hour show, which saw Burna go through several outfit changes and shifting backdrops, was streamed live on Youtube.

It was an eventful night, but the main highlight of the show, was when Burna began to perform his hit song "Ye—" the beloved banger that many Nigerians want to see become the country's National Anthem.


A video shared on social media captures the uproarious reaction from the crowd once the song's intro began to play. Fans immediately began shouting the lyrics word-for-word, with Burna Boy left watching in awe as the crowd sang and lit up the arena with their cellphones. "Fans paid to perform for Burna Bout at his own show...greatness," wrote one fan on Twitter.

Check out the clip below.

Reactions to the show have been overwhelmingly positive, with many pointing out that the singer has solidified his spot amongst afrobeats greats. Several fans and fellow musicians, including Adekunle Gold and Patoranking, have congratulated Burna on the show's massive success.











With Burna Boy's unforgettable show, it's clear that contemporary Nigerian music is becoming increasingly influential on a global scale and Burna is one of the artists at the forefront of this.

He's set to wrap the UK leg of his "Outside Tour" this month in Birmingham.

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Still from Burna Boy's Tiny Desk concert video via NPR.

Watch Burna Boy's Mellowed-Out 'Tiny Desk' Concert

Watch the 'African Giant' run through some of his hits like 'Gbona,' 'Ye' and more for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Burna Boy is the latest artist to grace NPR's famous Tiny Desk.

The Nigerian "afrofusion" star took to the set for a mellowed out performance of four of his biggest tracks. Getting straight to business, the artist opened his set with a toned down rendition of his single "Gbona" before heading into the socially-aware "Wetin Man Go Do." It's much calmer of a performance than we're used to seeing from the artist.

Next he performs a funky version of "Dangote," before rounding his set out with his magnum opus of sorts "Ye." He's backed by the band The Outsiders and vocalist Christina Matovu throughout.

Burna Boy has had a stellar year, releasing his seminal album African Giant, performing at Coachella and winning several awards—including 'Best African Act' at the BET Awards—in the process.

Check out his full Tiny Desk performance below, and revisit a recent Tiny Desk performance from British-Nigerian rapper Dave from last week and check out Burna Boy's okay acoustics performance of 'Anybody' from August.

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Watch Simi's Beautiful Music Video For 'Selense'

Premiere: Simi shares the upbeat new video for "Selense," a song about time which draws inspiration from classic highlife.

Nigeria's Simi comes through with the new music video for her recent single, "Selense."

The song, which sees her sing about using your time and years on this earth preciously, gets a beautiful new video that follows Simi's verses about different characters who may or may not be spending their hours in the best way.

The upbeat new music video, which was directed by Adasa Cookey, is getting premiered here on OkayAfrica today.

"'Selense' is a song about time," Simi tells OkayAfrica. "The song draws inspiration from classic African highlife. A timeless classic that is perfect for all seasons."

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Wizkid, Anatii Win Big at BET Soul Train Awards Alongside Beyoncé

The Nigerian and South African artists, respectively, won soul train awards for their contributions to 'Brown Skin Girl."

Nigeria's Wizkid and South Africa's Anatii both earned BET Soul Train Awards last night for their contributions to Beyoncé's hit song "Brown Skin Girl."

The song, which is an ode to dark-skinned women, was one of the standout tracks from Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift. It earned the "Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award" last night during the awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Wizkid is featured on the track and has a writing credit, while Anatii is credited as a composer along with Michael Uzowuru, and others.

The song was also nominated in the "Best Collaboration Performance" category.

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France Returns a 19th Century Sword Back to Senegal

The sword belonged to a Senegalese anti-colonial struggle fighter Omar Saidou Tall.

France has returned a 19th century sword back to Senegal. The sword belonged to Senegalese Islamic scholar and anti-colonial struggle fighter Omar Saidou Tall. The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe recently handed over the sword to Senegal's President Macky Sall in a ceremony held in Dakar this past Sunday. The sword is now in the Museum of Black Civilizations of Dakar. The move comes after the Senegalese government's request for France to return more than 100 artifacts housed in French museums and France's President Emmanuel Macron subsequently commissioned a report entitled "The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage: Toward a New Relational Ethics".

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