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Burna Boy Makes Time’s 100 Most Influential People

  • He is history in the making – Angelique Kidjo

In a massive win for African music, the African Giant Burna Boy has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2024 by TIME Magazine! This prestigious honour recognizes Burna Boy’s undeniable impact on the global stage, celebrating his artistry, unique stage performance, and cultural influence. This recognition celebrates individuals who have profoundly impacted the world through their artistry, social activism, and cultural influence.

Burna Boy’s inclusion marks a significant moment for African music, taking its rightful place on the global stage. Adding a special touch to this honour, the tribute for Burna Boy was penned by none other than the legendary Grammy-winning musician Angelique Kidjo. In a heartfelt piece, Kidjo hailed Burna Boy for his unwavering dedication to his African roots.

“Ten years ago,” Angelique Kidjo writes, “I would tell young African musicians, ‘You don’t need to mimic American artists! The world needs the amazing richness and beauty of our traditional African music and our culture.'” Praising Burna Boy for making this vision a reality, Angelique Kidjo continues, “Burna Boy has made that vision a global reality. Inspired by the fantastic drums of Nigerian folk music, and studied in the craft of the great African singer-songwriters, he follows in the footsteps of Fela Kuti. He is history in the making.”

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