Grammy nominated artiste, Burna Boy is showing off his unique style in his latest feature in GQ Style magazine. In a chat with Lola Ogunnaike, the ‘Ye
Grammy nominated artiste, Burna Boy is showing off his unique style in his latest feature in GQ Style magazine. In a chat with Lola Ogunnaike, the ‘Ye’ singer spoke, among other things, his challenges with interviews, why he doesn’t bother about chart positions, and several other sundry issues.
On his Grammy nomination
“I was excited 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.”
On 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.”
On Xenophobia in South Africa
“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.
On uniting Africa with music:
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.
All outfits and accessories are from Armani and Giuseppe Zanotti.
Read his full interview HERE