LAGOS – It was an incredible night in history for multiple award-winning Afro-fusion singer, Burna Boy when he brought the entire city of Los Angeles to his momentous debut Hollywood Bowl performance as part of his global Space Drift Arena Tour.
After shutting down the O2 Arena and notable appearances at the 2021 Global Citizen Festival and The Governor’s Ball, Burna Boy brought his A-game to last night’s performance. Arresting, magnetic and powerful are the adjectives to describe this musical genius in front of adoring fans.
Fortified with and amplified by music from his band, The Outsiders, a stunning eight-man orchestra, three talking drummers, four members of the drumline and one conductor, Burna Boy came correct, pulling out all the stops and never blinking throughout his performance.
An irresistible sight to behold, the Grammy winner’s performance was one-in-a-million. Exciting the crowd even further, the highlight of the evening was when he brought on stage, dancer, hypeman and influencer, Poco Lee and talented singer, WizKid with additional sound effects and razzmatazz from guest DJ, DJ Lambo to create harmony so good between the greats, the audience screamed for more.
Burna Boy’s opening acts, American singer and songwriter, Umi, American singer, Youtuber, Queen Naija and underground dancehall-influenced act, Donovan’s sound club warmed the audience up for a fully pumped night of the best of the Afrofusion pioneer’s songs and he didn’t disappoint. Performing a staggering 33 songs on a 2-hour set with effortless grace, class and fluidity, Burna is a born entertainer.
The show which was put together by Duke Concept and Live Nation in the biggest concert centre in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Bowl, is a testament to the fact that Burna Boy is without a doubt, the biggest performing artiste out of Africa.
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Organised by Cokobar, in association with Spaceship Entertainment, the concert heralded the African Giant crooner kicking off ‘The O2 Welcome Back Show’ series, which also featured a diverse lineup of headline artistes, including Mavin Records’ Ruger and Rema that performed for the mammoth audience.
The iconic O2 Arena, which is known for having the second-highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the United Kingdom, and tagged the world’s busiest music arena, had its concert hall packed to the brim with an overly excited crowd.
The event showcased the mercurial performances that Burna Boy, Ruger, Rema, and Omah Lay are known for — the cataclysmic sounds that make their unique music.
Reacting to the performances, Burna Boy tweeted: “I swear to watch Rema and Omah Lay tonight made me so emotional. I’m so proud of the boys.”
Highpoint of the show that left the crowd in awe of the Twice as Tall crooner was his entrance and exit on a giant spaceship.