Burna Boy is more than an African giant on the cover of the latest issue of GQ magazine. The Grammy nominee is the cover star for the magazine’s latest issue where he shows off his unique fashion sense.The “Ye” singer speaks on music, authenticity, and letting the world cross over to him
He spoke on his Grammy nomination and what it means to him and his excitement to have been nominated for such a prestigious award
“My uncle ran into my hotel room screaming that I was nominated. We were all so happy.”
Burna Boy spoke about Fela as a major inspiration for him on his musical journey
“Fela is my inspiration and my childhood hero, so if you think comparing me to Fela is honourable, it’s actually not. It actually makes me feel weird. Fela was Fela, and if it wasn’t for Fela, there probably wouldn’t be any me, so I don’t understand the comparison”.
The African giant spoke on the importance of music in uniting Africa and how to end Xenophobia
It’s all just very fucked-up and twisted, and I wish to God that it wasn’t so, but it is, and all I can do is try and do my part to change it, no matter how small that part is. It’s almost as if the oppressors have won when the oppressed start acting like this.
My family is Africa, which is why you will hear me speaking on the South Africa issue, which is why it strikes a nerve. It’s almost like having your whole body, and your hand is not working. That’s what it feels like.
“The reason for everything I do and how I do it is for one goal and one goal only, and that’s the eventual unity of Africa. One day we’ll have one passport, one African currency, one Africa. Then and only then will my mission be complete. But that’s why I’m going to keep on fighting for it, and that’s why I’m going to keep pushing this message in my music. Because I want my children and their children to be proud to be African, to own a part of Africa. What I don’t want is for my children to still feel like foreigners in their own home.”
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