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Burna Boy: Walking Tall On The Cover Of NME Magazine’s August 2020 Issue

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Burna Boy: Walking Tall On The Cover Of NME Magazine’s August 2020 Issue

With fans anticipating the release of his new album “Twice As Tall” on the way, Burna Boy  gears up the pace and keeps fans, music lovers, as well as critics, glued to him all eyes on him and now he’s working tall on the cover of NME magazine.

The award-winning Afro beat singer speaks to the magazine about everything from his legacy, being an African Giant to creating irresistible music in the publications August 2020 issue.

Inside the magazine, he recaps his journey, speaking against the system of oppression in Africa, inspiring a revolution in Africa and more. He’s pictured on the cover and in the magazine in black and white rocking a sculptured diamond neck-piece in the likeness of Fela‘s iconic victory, and another custom made neck-piece with the inscription of “African Giant”-which is the name of his previous album- on the pendant.

For “Twice As Tall”, Burna brought in Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs as executive producer, and Combs, in turn, facilitated collaborations with the likes of Timbaland and Anderson Paak.

Read some excerpts from his cover feature below:

On the track “Monsters You Made” featuring Chris Martin of Coldplay

…There are so many situations where a fight needs to be had. A revolution is needed, and I want to inspire it. I’m painting a picture of what we already see every day, but maybe no one has painted the picture in an honest form before. I tried to do that with ‘Monsters’.

I had the two verses and an empty space for the hook, but in my mind, I was like: ‘Bro, if I don’t get Coldplay on this one then I’m just gonna release it with no hook’…

I don’t know the English words to put this in or the politically correct words to use for this, but he’s one of the only people that could bring that balance and still relate.

Is it, I suggest, something to do with contrasting the verses’ stinging critique of white Western imperialism with a hook sung by one of the biggest stars in mainstream white Western pop?

That’s the balance…He’s the only one that could have pulled that off.

On Afro beats 

On the positive side, yes, it’s a good step. There’s a genre from Africa that is now accepted worldwide to the point where it can have its own chart in mainstream United Kingdom. At the same time, it’s something that has to be done carefully. You can’t start an Afro beats chart and not come to Nigeria!

Afro beat was done by one person and one person only: Fela Kuti.

My only thing is, whoever is doing the Afro beats chart in the UK should not even be in the UK. If you’re doing a grime chart, then you can be in the UK, but it’s not fair for the people who have really based their lives on this, who have really grown up on this. This is their culture. It’s a lot bigger than what the charts are presenting it as, but at the same time I’m still happy about it, I’m still thankful because it’s a step in the right direction.

On Fela Kuti being the Afro beat originator

I keep on letting everybody know that Afro beat was done by one person and one person only, which is Fela Kuti. The rest of what we hear today is Afro pop, Afro-hip-hop, Afro-whatever – you know, Afro-fusion. They decided to use the word ‘Afro beats’ to put it all under one umbrella, which is cool, but you have to make sure it gets to the people who really do this. Right now it’s coming across as some watered down thing that feels like a consolation prize. I don’t really believe in consolations. I believe in wins and losses.

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