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Photos: OkayAfrica Hosts Burna Boy's 'African Giant' Listening Party In LA

Here's what happened when friends, family and fans gathered in LA for an unforgettable night with the African Giant.

This past Tuesday, OkayAfrica hosted an unforgettable listening party powered by Hennessy for Burna Boy's forthcoming album African Giant at Adults Only in Los Angeles.

Friends, family and day one fans come out to celebrate with Burna in a lush space, decked out in floral details and customized "Burna bills." The decor, led by Grace Bukunmi offered a unique, Lagos disco feel fit for the infectious energy permeating the room.

Attendees danced into the night, with Burna himself joining the crowd to hit the zanku, taking breaks in between to grab the mic and explain the inspiration behind each track.

Burna, with the help of Ghanaian artist Nana Kwabena on the turntables, also ran through several of his deep-cuts. Fellow Ghanaian DJ Mike Abrantie also provided tunes throughout the night.

Tasty eats were provided by Kenfe Kitchen and drinks flowed all night long, courtesy of Hennessy.

Check out some of the action below, with photography by Yamarie Mayol and Danny Wonders.


Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Danny Wonders.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Danny Wonders.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Danny Wonders.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

Photo by Yamarie Mayol.

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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.

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Burna Boy's 'On the Low' Officially Certified Gold in France

The track, which featured on his Grammy-nominated 'African Giant' album, has since been streamed over 15 million times.

Yesterday, Burna Boy was presented with a gold plaque for his 2018 track "On the Low" which appeared on his Grammy-nominated album African Giant.

The track was certified gold in France after being streamed over 15 million times—the equivalent of selling over 100 000 copies in the country.

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Veteran Somali Musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein Has Died

Considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music and affectionately known as 'Hudeydi', the musician has passed away from the coronavirus at age 92.

Veteran Somali musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein has passed away at the age of 92 according to reports by the BBC.

Considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music, the musician passed away in London, England, after having tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Rejoice! WhatsApp Places New Restrictions on Chain Messages to Fight Fake News

To combat the spread of misinformation due to the coronavirus outbreak, users are now restricted from sharing frequently forwarded messages to more than one person.

The rise of the novel coronavirus has seen an increase in the spread of fake news across social media sites and platforms, particularly WhatsApp—a platform known as a hotbed for the forwarding of illegitimate chain messages and conspiracy theories (if you have African parents, you're probably familiar). Now the Facebook-owned app is setting in place new measures to try and curb the spread of fake news on its platform.

The app is putting new restrictions on message forwarding which will limit the number of times a frequently forwarded message can be shared. Messages that have been sent through a chain of more than five people can only subsequently be forwarded to one person. "We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful," announced the app in a blog post on Tuesday. "In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers."

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