Nigeria’s own Burna Boy returned to the historic Brixton Academy two years after his triumphant sold-out 2018 show. And this time, it was to stage a special spectacle in partnership with tech innovators MelodyVR.
Backed by his full band The Outsiders, the African Giant peppered the stage with hits from new album ‘Twice As Tall.’
Turbo-charged with energy, the star thrilled with flavoursome jams such as ‘Real Life,’ ‘Monsters You Made.’ and ‘Wetin Dey Sup.’
Elsewhere, Burna blazed with much-loved bangers from the GRAMMY-nominated and critically acclaimed ‘African Giant’ LP. These included ‘On The Low,’ ‘Killen Dem’ and rousing anthem ‘Anybody.’
Classics ‘Ye’ and ‘Soke’ also added to what was an unmissable set.
Ever one to use his platform for potent causes, the star – born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu – delivered an impassioned rendition of ’20 10 20,’ which addresses the Lekki Massacre and the #EndSARS protests.
Throughout, the interactiveness of MelodyVR (which allowed “attendees” to toggle angles and more) brought the action closer than ever before. A reality Burna’s legions of fans no doubt appreciated, after
scheduled performances at Glastonbury, Wireless, and a planned tour were paused.
Perhaps resonant was how much of a testament Burna’s show was to the possibilities embedded in the virtual show format. Especially in the current climate.
Written By B.T.A.