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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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Boity and Dee Koala Totally Own ‘Utatakho Remix’

Boity and Dee Koala deliver great verses on "Utatakho Remix."

One of the most anticipated songs of the year was the remix to "Utatakho" by Yanga Chief. It's the combination of rappers enlisted on the song and of course the fact that the original is a heater that raised everyone's curiosity.

Riky Rick takes the opening verse, and drops decent bars, but things start taking a different turn from Dee Koala's verse. The Cape Town emcee frolics over the beat, switching flows, aligning her bars perfectly with the instrumental. She shows love to her city and reminds you she's great.

In her verse, Boity opens about her personal issues with her father: "Personally, this is a touchy subject/ 'Cause my dad was live but his presence wasn't/ So my mama was everything daddy wasn't," and goes on to say she holds no grudge towards her father, and refusing to dwell on that, she chooses to be grateful for her present life.

One thing is clear, Boity can rap. Her verse on this remix is seamlessly delivered in both English and Setswana. Every word she utters sounds believable. She has been consistently dope since she released her first song last year, "Wuz Dat."

"Utatakho Remix" is the closing song on Yanga Chief's recently released EP Becoming a Pop Star. The nine-track project includes the original version of "Utatakho" and the song "200," which was released last week. Apart from the guests on the remix, features on BAPS include AKA and Makwa.

Listen to Becoming a Pop Star below:



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