Burna Boy reveals “dream” after performance at NBA All-star game
Besides Burna Boy, Tems and Rema also performed at the event.
Burna Boy was one of three Nigerian musical artists who took the stage for an Afrobeats-themed halftime show at the 2023 NBA All-Star game on February 19 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
At the NBA All-Star game on Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah, everyone was in the spotlight, from basketball greats LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo to the biggest names in Nigerian music, Burna Boy, Tems, and Rema.
The trio’s jam-packed halftime performance of Afrobeats was evidence that the genre’s global ascent will continue until 2023.
Grammy-winning Burna Boy was first to perform, telling the crowd, “I’m about to take you on a journey through Africa without even going on a plane.”
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For Tems, it caps off a whirlwind month, as she recently made history by being the first Nigerian artist to get an Oscar nomination, for her work on Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” — a song from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” She also won her first Grammy on February 5 for her collaboration with Drake and Future on “Wait For U.”
Meanwhile, musician, rapper, and singer Rema is enjoying chart-topping success with his hit “Calm Down,” featuring Selena Gomez.
“Nigeria is a football-dominated, soccer-dominated country,” Burna Boy said in a video posted on Monday by the NBA All-Star Twitter account. “But at the same time, we still have some of the best basketball players from here.”
“This is a dream,” he added in another clip. “This is amazing. I had dreams of playing in the NBA as a kid, but you know, I got to perform at the NBA [All-Star game], so I guess I made it either way.”