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Burna Boy in "Odogwu"

Watch Burna Boy's Striking New Music Video For 'Odogwu'

The African Giant returns with a new cinematic clip.

Burna Boy has released the music video for this first official single of 2020 "Odogwu."

The new video, directed by TG Omori, follows Burna Boy and a crew through a number of striking scenes—from a supermarket to the waterside.

As we've previously written, "The name of the rhythmic track ("Odogwu") refers to the title given to a victorious leader, particularly a man, who is believed to have accomplished great things in Igbo culture. 'When I reach Igboland, them calling me Odogwu,' sings the artist on the chorus. The title seems fitting as Burna sings of his status and success atop pulsing percussion and strings by Nigerian beat-maker Kel P."

We interviewed music video director TG Omori last year to talk about how he's breathing new life into Nigerian music videos.

For now, Burna Boy's Twice As Tall World Tour, which kicks off in May, is still on. See those dates below.

Watch the new music video for "Odogwu" below.


Burna Boy - Odogwu [Official Video] youtu.be

BURNA BOY

TWICE AS TALL WORLD TOUR

May 7th – Atlanta, GA – Roxy

May 9th – Washington, DC – Broccoli City Festival

May 13th – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium

May 16th – San Francisco, CA – Masonic

May 18th – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo

May 20th – Denver, CO – Summit

May 22nd – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore

May 23rd – Indianapolis, MN – Egyptian Room

May 28th – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre

May 29th – New York, NY – Coney Island Amphitheater

May 30th – Philadelphia, PA – Roots Picnic

May 31st – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts

June 3rd – Miami, FL – Fillmore

June 6th – Houston, TX – NRG Arena

June 7th – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom

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June 28th - Somerset, UK – Glastonbury Festival

June 30th - Oslo, Norway – Kadetten Festival

July 2nd - Belfort, France – Les Eurockeennee Festival

July 3rd - Ericeira, Portugal – Sumol Summer Festival

July 4th - London, UK – Wireless Festival

July 10th - Rotterdam, Netherlands – North See Jazz

July 12th - Liege, Belgium – Les Aredentes

July 16th - Bern, Switzerland – Gurten Festival

July 18th - Ferropolis, Germany – Melt Festival

July 18th - Almere, Netherlands – Oh My Festival

July 19th - Paris, France – Lollapalooza

July 31st - Montreal, Canada – Osheaga Festival

August 15th - Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West

August 29th - Antwerp, Belgium – Fire Is Gold

August 30th - Oberhausen, Germany – Hype Festival

Interview
Photo: Benoit Peverelli

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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