Burna Boy Set To Make History As First Nigerian Artist To Headline At Madison Square Garden
The Nigerian artist said he's "extremely grateful" for the opportunity.
December 11, 2021 at 4:52 pm
“It’s a really exciting time,” Burna Boy told Rolling Stone. “A kid from the south side of Nigeria headlining Madison Square Garden in New York as the first-ever Nigerian to achieve this! Not sure it gets any better and I’m extremely grateful!”
The “One Night in Space” concert comes after the singer's recent sold-out shows in Los Angeles, London, Paris and Amsterdam.
Burna's fifth album, Twice as Tall, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart and won a Grammy for best global music album in March. Additionally, the African artist secured a Grammy nomination for best global music performance after working with Angélique Kidjo on their “Do Yourself” collaboration.
After releasing Twice as Tall last year, Burna dropped songs such as “Kilometre,” “Question” and “Want It All,” Pitchfork reports. The Nigerian artist has also used his platform to speak up on important issues. Last year, Burna drew attention to police brutality in Nigeria.
According to NME, the African star raised awareness of the issue when he performed at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards. He described the protests as “the most important moment in Nigeria’s history.”
The global star, whose real name is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, recently spoke about the legacy he’s creating for the Afro-fusion genre.
“Same with Fela [Kuti] creating Afro-beat, I created Afro-fusion. It’s my biggest achievement in life,” he told Billboard. “It’s always a blessing to see [the genre] get to where it’s going right now, especially with the new generation.”
“One Night in Space” is produced by Duke Concept in collaboration with Live Nation. Duke Concept describes itself as the “leading brand in African and Caribbean entertainment atmosphere of North America.”
Tickets for the show will go on sale to the general public at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 17.