Burna Boy fires up the Apollo!

Nayaba Arinde | 4/11/2019, 12:12 p.m.
Afro-Fusion, Afro Jam and Afro Beat fans side by side with reggae and hip-hop heads packed the Apollo Theater on ...

Afro-Fusion, Afro Jam and Afro Beat fans side by side with reggae and hip-hop heads packed the Apollo Theater on Friday, April 5.

Promoter Osita Duke of Duke Concept, curator of the “African Giant Tour” gave the people what they wanted, as the wall to wall music lovers crammed the famed Harlem landmark to get an earful of fun and frolics by host Young Prince, DJ Legend, Big Bo and DJ Buka—and in a just-post-Nipsey-Hussle death era, absorb the sounds of Burna Boy, a man who has grabbed the hearts and minds of African and African Diaspora youth.

“History was made. We came, we saw, we conquered,” Osita said, on Burna Boy and his successes. “I knew he was going to be big.”

InsideDiaspora’s Fatima “Young Oprah” Sesay coordinated the international media squads from the continents of Africa to the Americas. It was a media that came to capture a show which had everybody singing along to every tune and never skipping a beat to any rhythm. The crowd wanted all the Burna Boy hits they knew from “Yawa Dey,” to “Pree Me,” to “Sekkle Down,” to “Heavens Gate,” to “Like to Party,” and of course “Dangote.” Imagine the crowd’s reaction when he took a minute to commemorate Nipsey Hustle at the New York gig. The African giant delivered: Burna Boy sure lit up the Apollo and 125th Street.