Events Reviews



No doubt, 2023 was the year of exceptional concerts performed by superstars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift. However, for me, the spotlight belonged to Burna Boy, whose sold out stadium shows made history as a first for an African artist. In particular, his album, “Love, Damini” was a standout featuring a collection of nonstop hits and collaborations from artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ed Sheeran and many more. The songwriting on this album was impeccable; and his concert in Washington, DC was a jubilant, imaginative, and electrifying experience. He conquered the stage with his awe-inspiring vocals and stage presence that delighted his fans.

I had the chance to see Burna’s concert at the Verizon Center during the U.S. leg of his tour. That night, Verizon Center transformed into an Afrobeat nation. Fans of all ages, and from all parts of the continent gathered to sing in unison his chart-topping hits, “On the Low,” “Last Last,” and “Anybody.” When he came on stage, the venue roared with euphoric energy and the excitement never waned. It was beautiful to experience this celebration in the nation’s capital, home to a vibrant African diaspora. Burna Boy brought us all together for one night to celebrate our culture, heritage and the richness of our African musical tradition.

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