Burna Boy on working with Beyoncé and being one of Africa’s biggest rising stars

He’s been credited with bringing Afrobeat to the mainstream; he just won Best International Act at this summer’s Black Entertainment Television Awards, and he has a solo track on Beyoncé’s Lion King compilation. (Subscribe:

Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy is one of Africa’s biggest rising stars.

His latest album, African Giant, debuted at number 16 on the UK album charts – which makes it the highest ranking African album ever.

Burna Boy cites Bob Marley and Fela Kuti as some of his biggest influences, and his grandfather was a manager of the Afrobeat pioneer.

Yousra Elbagir went to speak to him.


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