At the NBA All-Star game on Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah, Numerous Stars were in attendance, from basketball greats LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo to some of the biggest names in Nigerian music, Burna Boy, Tems, and Rema.
The trio’s jam-packed halftime performance of Afrobeats showed that the genre’s global ascent will continue until 2023, and they are the first Nigerians in history to perform at an NBA All-Stars game.
Burna Boy, a Grammy-winning artist, opened the show and said to the crowd,
“I’m about to take you on a journey through Africa without even going on a plane.”
And he delivered an intense performance. Speaking to the Official NBA All-Stars Media in a video posted on Monday by the NBA All-Star Twitter account, Burna spoke about his music and love for basketball. He said, “Nigeria is a football-dominated, soccer-dominated country, But at the same time, we still have some of the best basketball players from here.”
In another released clip, He said, “This is a dream,” and “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.”
Indeed, Even though Burna Boy was nominated for the Grammy but didn’t win the categories he was selected in, ”his Star power” is undeniable, and he remains one of the leading faces pushing afrobeats to its tremendous potential as an accepted genre.