The African diaspora has commanded a robust historic influence on music, culture, and audio that continues to this day. That’s why, in 2018, Spotify created our Afro Hub to celebrate and educate fans about the continent’s diverse music cultures and Black creators, including Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy.
Last year, to celebrate the artist’s influence and his seventh project African Giant, Spotify launched the “Burna Bank” ATM installation in Brooklyn. Now, on the heels of his newest album, Twice As Tall and to kick off the week of Nigerian Independence Day, Burna Boy is once again partnering with Spotify to take over our Black History Is Now (BHIN) hub in celebration of all things Black history.
The collaboration features Burna Boy’s own curation of playlists and podcasts within the hub to uplift and amplify fellow Black voices—a theme that is also prominent in his album. Burna Boy’s takeover of Black Superheroes features his own inspirational idols, while Black to the Future consists of personal predictions for the next Black music superstars taking over the game. He’s even joined by Mama Burna herself for a co-curated takeover of Queen, to celebrate the pivotal roles women have had in shaping his career.
Other shelves of the BHIN hub will include The Elite 5, containing artist profiles of Burna’s five legendary music inspirations: Fela Kuti, Angelique Kidjo, Super Cat, Bob Marley, and Diddy. Burna will also curate The Giants of Africa with recent new releases and iconic albums from Nigerian icons, all in celebration of the talent and perseverance born out of the most populous country in Africa.
To top off the collaboration, Spotify and Burna Boy created limited edition Burna Boy comic book cards representing different Burna characters inspired by Twice As Tall themes. Each card outlines the powers each character has. Find the Burna Boy cards across Spotify’s social channels and inside the BHIN hub.
Burna Boy’s weeklong takeover marks Spotify’s continued commitment to amplifying Black voices across audio, within the Afro-centric genre and beyond.
Check Out Pictures From The Burna Comics And Audiomack Event In NYC
Over the weekend, Brooklyn hosted the special pop-up event Burna Comics, which saw Burna Boy‘s comic book world come to life. Hosted at Anyone Comics in Brooklyn, attendees were able to browse and grab limited editions Burna Boy comics, merchandise, and food, as well as enter a chance to win tickets to Burna’s next concert in NYC. The event was free and followed health guidelines.
If you remember, Burna Boy’s latest album Twice As Tall came accompanied by a comic book to “put the project in perspective abs some insight into the album title and why I chose it,” the artist mentioned. Well, Burna and the team at Audiomack helped that come true IRL.
Speaking about the Burna Comics event, the Nigerian star mentioned: “The best part about creating a project is the idea of your listeners being able to engage with it! I haven’t been on tour in months so I’m excited for my fans to have a chance to engage with my art! I feel blessed!”
Check out pictures from the Burna Comics x Audiomack event in NYC below.
Photo via Audiomack/Purple Agency PR.
What To Expect From Apple’s iPhone 12 Event Today
There’s some mystery about what could be announced besides iPhones
Apple’s next fall event kicks off tomorrow at 1PM ET, when the company is widely expected to reveal its new iPhone 12 lineup of smartphones. Rumors have given us a pretty good picture of what we can expect to see with these new phones, and Apple’s official “Hi, Speed” tagline for the event suggests that one of the iPhone 12’s main features could be support for fast 5G cellular speeds.
Rumors have circulated about a number of potential products in Apple’s pipeline, too, and there’s always the chance that the company could show some of those tomorrow. But we don’t know if Apple is going to make this event as tightly focused as last month’s Apple Watch and iPad event — which ran for just over an hour — so it’s hard to gauge just how many products we might expect to see.
Read on to learn more about what Apple might reveal during today’s event.
Merqury Quaye To Set The Capital Ablaze With His Annual Celebrity-Studded Bash – GOLD RUSH LIVE
Ace Ghanaian Disk Jockey, Radio and TV personality, and founder of the Ghana DJ Awards, Merqury Quaye has, in partnership with electronic giants LG, has announced the date for this year’s edition of his annual celebrity-studded bash dubbed “Gold Rush LIve”.
Slated for September 26, 2020 | 8pm, the popular DJ, who is the brain behind the youth movement on radio ‘The Turn Up Army’, will be amassing a legion of industry stakeholders, colleague media practitioners, creatives (Musicians & Actors), and fans at the Cockpit Bar & Lounge in Osu to entertain them with back-to-back classic tunes from his turntable.
Not only will the event be inundated with music, the night will give Party-goers the opportunity to interact with their favorite celebs, in an up close and personal meet and greet affair segment. Guests at the Cockpit lounge will be treated to special cocktails, photo and a one on one chat with the CEO of Merqury Republic Merqury Quaye.
Over the years, the event’s weekend saw stars from all around gather together to celebrate with Ghana’s most favorite hype-man. The night life of the annual event has seen star-studded appearances from Tic, Wendy Shay, DJ Mpesempese, CEO of Lynx Entertainment Richie, Rufftown Records boss Bullet, Choirmaster, Donzy, and more.
Camidoh, Adina, KiDi, Others To Perform At Ghana’s Most Beautiful Grand Finale
TV3 Network, Ghana’s number one television station has released a tight list of top rated Ghanaian musicians to performing at this year’s finale of its beauty reality show, Ghana’s Most Beautiful. The performers include the multiple award winning musicians, Adina and Kidi, the sensational singer, Camidoh and Mentor Reloaded winner, Optional King. Legendary group, Praye, will also be performing on the night.
All is set for the big night as the debate continues on social media with people promoting and canvasing for votes for their favorite contestants. Who wins the ultimate prize and becomes the 2020 Ghana’s Most Beautiful Queen?
It promises to be a night of glitz and glamour accompanied by a fierce competition on Sunday 20th September 2020 when the six finalists mount the stage to compete in the grand finale of the 2020 Ghana’s Most Beautiful.
Which of the six finalists is likely to win the crown? Kafui of the Volta Region, Afriyie of the Central Region, Greater Accra’s Naa, Ofosua from the Eastern Region, Zuzu, the pride of Northern Region, Talata of the Upper East Region or Ahafo Region’s Abena?
Ghana’s Most Beautiful is a platform for showcasing and educating members of the general public on the rich Ghanaian culture and other elements shared by members of various societies in all the regions across the country.
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