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  • Writer's pictureLuis James

LIVE: Burna Boy @ London Stadium, London

Burna Boy makes history with his London Stadium concert, as he becomes the first African artist in history to sell out the London Stadium twice. There was great hype around his first stop at the 80,000 capacity stadium, he came back in 2023 as part of his 'I Told Them' tour. It was safe to say this hype didn't die down a year later. To sell out this venue two years in a row is true testament to his status as one of the biggest artists in the world.

Popular skit maker, Sabinus opened up for Burna Boy on Saturday night, keeping the crowd entertained with jokes before the main event. After the DJ had warmed the crowd up, it was time for Burna Boy to bless the stage, accompanied by back up dancers and singers.

The African giant did not disappoint with his supporting acts either, whilst we didn't get to see any UK artists pop out with him, it was good to see him shining light on artists who aren't getting much opportunity to perform in front of 80,000. Several Nigerian artists were present including Odumodubvck and Shallipopi who performed their hit single 'Cast'. Burna also brought out Omah Lay, Phyno and Seyi Vibez and more. His international guests on the night was Salif Keita and Snoh Aalegra.

It was safe to say Burna represented his roots and put on for his culture, there was rumours prior to the show that the singer was ill, but that certainly didn't show during the performance. He put on a performance filled with energy and he knew exactly how to interact with his crowd. He performed hits like 'Ye', 'Last Last', 'City Boys', 'On Form' and more, showcasing how deep his catalogue really is.

The artist did an interview earlier and spoke on his will to make history and prove all his doubters wrong, "London Stadium is going to be my fairground! I have been told that I couldn't achieve anything because of where I came from. I hope this can show people that when you have a dream it doesn't matter where you have come from."

Of course the London fans was waiting for 'Last Last' to close out the show, as it was my first time hearing this record live it was the one I was looking forward to the most. It was an immaculate ending to the show, accompanied by great vocals from him and his back up choir. It was an honour to experience African music history, to sell out an 80,000 capacity for two years in a row, is an achievement that shouldn't be underestimated.


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