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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:

Burna Boy - Anybody www.youtube.com

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

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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