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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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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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