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Watch Burna Boy Perform 'Anybody' on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The 'African Giant' continues to dominate the international scene.

The devil works hard but Burna Boy certainly works harder. Last night, the indomitable Nigerian artist appeared on the late night American talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! alongside Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, who were promoting their new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Of course, Burna could not leave before giving a stunning performance of "Anybody", the track from his 2019 album aptly entitled, African Giant.


Taking the stage with a vibrant live band and back-up vocalist, Burna Boy was completely at home as he serenaded the audience in a way only he can. What's consistent about Burna, beside his obvious talent, is how he continuously brings his authentic musical sound and never tries to alter it for Western audiences. You either fuck with him as he is or you don't.

Burna Boy is on a winning streak and we're so here for it. From making his debut at this year's Coachella, announcing his upcoming 'African Giant Returns Tour' (which will begin this August), taking home the BET award for Best International Act to having his own track "Ja Ara E" on Beyoncé's album, The Lion King: The Gift, the artist promises to keep his neck firmly on our necks all year. And who can hate on him for that?

Watch his performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below:

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Interview

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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