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Burna Boy comes to UNTOLD 2024. Grammy-winning Nigerian artist performs for the first time in Romania | FESTIVALPHOTO

Burna Boy comes to UNTOLD 2024. Grammy-winning Nigerian artist performs for the first time in Romania



UNTOLD 2024. Burna Boy, winner of a Grammy award in the "Best Global Music Album" category, will arrive this summer on the main stage of the UNTOLD festival, the organizers of the Cluj-Napoca festival announced on Thursday.

According to the organizers, the artist, originally from Nigeria, has sold-out concerts in the world's major arenas. Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, J Balvin, Stormzy, USHER, Chris Martin, 21 Savage, Jay Cole, Sam Smith, Beyonce, Khalid, Major Lazer, DJ Snake or Rita Ora are just some of the big names, globally, with whom Burna Boy has had collaborations.

“With its infectious beats and diverse influences, the Afrobeats genre has quickly become a global phenomenon. Originating in Africa, this vibrant and energetic musical style has captivated audiences around the world. Artists such as BURNA BOY, Wizkid and Davido were among the pioneers who propelled Afrobeats into the international music mainstream. Sold-out events organized in the largest stadiums in the world, in the United States, Great Britain and Europe, but also the huge number of listens on streaming platforms, more than 15 billion, have contributed to the explosive popularity of this musical genre", transmit Untold organizers.

Burna Boy rose to prominence with the release of their debut album, L.I.F.E, in 2013

According to them, Burna Boy became visible since the release of his debut album, "L.I.F.E", in 2013. In 2018, the album "Outside" reached the third place in Billboard Reggae, and in 2019 he won the award in the category "Best International Act", at the BET Awards. It was also the year he was named an "Up Next Artist" by Apple Music. From this point, the Nigerian becomes an artist with international exposure, and his unique sound earned him a nomination at the 62nd edition of the Grammy Awards, for the album "African Giant", in the Best World Music Album category .

The first Grammy came a year later, in 2021. The album "Twice as Tall" was named favorite and won the "Best World Music Album" award. On this album, Burna Boy collaborated with Youssou N'Dour, Naughty by Nature and Coldplay's Chris Martin.

The first artist of Nigerian descent to headline a sold-out event in Madison Square Garden

In April 2022, Burna Boy was the first artist of Nigerian descent to headline a sold-out event in Madison Square Garden.

The album "Love, Damini" was released on Burna Boy's 31st birthday on July 2, 2022. The promotional single, "Last, Last" was a hit, for this track the Nigerian artist used a sample from a song signed by Tony Braxton, "He Wasn't Man Enough", and was certified Platinum and Diamond for the number of copies sold worldwide. He was nominated in the "Best Global Music Performance" category at the Grammy Awards.

In 2023, Burna Boy had a sold-out live show at the London Stadium, attended by 60,000 people. At this event he released the hit "Sittin' on Top of the World" with which he promoted his 7th career album, "I Told Them...", with which he debuted at number 1 in the UK Albums Chart and received a record number of nominations, four, in the most important categories of the Grammy Awards. The publication Rolling Stone included Burna Boy's album in the ranking of "The 100 Best Albums of 2023", and the other day the publication Time included him in the ranking of the 100 most influential personalities of the world in the year 2024.


Skribent: Vlad Ionut Piriu
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