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Watch Burna Boy's New Music Video for 'Omo'

Burna takes things to the "Giant Club" in this new music video for one of the standout tracks from African Giant.

Burna Boy comes through with the new music video for "Omo," one of the standout tracks from his stellar album African Giant.

The afro-house indebted tune, which was produced by Mr Kleb Beatz, gets an appropriately nighttime music video that follows Burna to a "Giant Club" and a peep show booth, among other locations.

"Omo" is the latest in a long string of outstanding singles from African Giant that have gotten the video treatment, following the likes of "Gum Body," "Killin Dem," "Dangote," "Another Story" and more.

"Oh I'm not done yet!! OMO video out now on all platforms," Burna Boy wrote on Instagram.

Watch Burna Boy Play a Live Rendition of "Anybody" For 'okay acoustics'


Burna's African Giant album sees the buzzing Nigerian artist delivering several addictive shades of his signature afro-fusion sound, as he blends in influences from afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop, RnB and more.

Following the release of the album earlier this year, Burna Boy's had a great 2019 as he also performed at Coachella and more recently added to his list of major wins by claiming the Best African Act award at the MTV Europe Awards.

Watch Burna Boy's new music video for "Omo" below.

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In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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