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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Burna Boy attends The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England.

Burna Boy Goes Platinum In France With 'Be Honest'

The Nigerian star continues to make his name known across the world.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy has done it again. This time firing up the French music scene by being certified as platinum in France, according to twitter.

The singer achieved this feat with his second collaboration with British artist Jorja Smith, 'Be Honest' released in 2019. The Grammy-nominated artist released the music video for the track in 2019 with a bang, and has now proven the track to be as good as his fans originally thought.


It was also recently announced that Burna Boy ranks first at the top of Billboard's list of 15 Sub-Saharan African artists, based on global views. He's followed directly by Tanzania's Diamond Platinumz and Davido, who ranked third.

It's been a record-breaking season for afrobeats artists, last month Davido's hit 2017 song "Fall" went gold in the US and Canada. With incredible successes like these bringing more eyes and ears to Africa and what there is to offer.

With video productions like 'Be Honest', it is no surprise that the artist's music videos have been watched over 435 millions times globally. And we look forward to what the afrobeats star has next in store.

Check out the video below.

Jorja Smith - Be Honest (feat. Burna Boy) www.youtube.com

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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