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“Nothing I say comes from any place of ‘pride’ or sense of ‘entitlement'” – Burna Boy on Calling out #Coachella2019 Organisers



Earlier on Thursday, Nigerian singer Burna Boy was announced as one of the performers for the 2019 Coachella Music Festival.

Burna and Mr Eazi are the only Nigerian singers in the lineup, and they’ll be performing alongside Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Solange among others.

Shortly after the announcement, Burna took to Instagram to call out the organisers for listing his name in a small print. He also asked them to “fix things quick please”.

Burna has further clarified his position, saying his comment is not coming from a place of “pride” or sense of “entitlement” but from his vision for the future of Africa not just African music.

He said he’ll grant an interview soon to make himself understood.

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He later shared a post on Instagram with the caption, “Everybody change your plans!! We all move to Coachella! 14/04, 21/04”.


  1. Physio Tinu

    January 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Put some respect on it!

  2. Adina

    January 3, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Well done Burna Boy. You guys are Kings and should never ever allow anyone to belittle your talents or your accomplishments.

    Was at your shows in lagos and london. Amazing talent.

  3. Sherlie Holmes

    January 4, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Burna is a solid guy! A little rough around the edges, but definitely has sense!

  4. ChrisKing

    January 4, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Edris Abdulkarim deserse an apology… This was exactly the same thing he was trying fight (prove a point) but was bashed fellow artists n fans.

  5. Emmanuel

    January 5, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Burna boy is 100% right. You have to provoke to start a conversation, if not the topic is dead on arrival. Slavery has left Africa but the practice and doctrines of slavery has not left the continent or Nigeria. That mental slavery or colonial practice has been engraved or decorated into our brain, physical and spiritual being, which has now resulted in Africans not being able to reason, question things and think critically. Everything brought or written by a white man is the gospel truth. The people condemning him are intelligent, but all foolish at the same time. Whilst, I see the good work some pastors are doing and must be celebrated, but the fact remain that they have helped entrenching this belief in our system with their practices and doctrines. You will need your brain in either the second or third gear to understand this: before some people whip up sentiment with the bible verse (Psalm 105:15) “touch not my anointed” Our fathers, during Fela’s era were saying that Fela was talking nonsense, now we are MORE ENLIGHTEN and not just intelligent to understand that isn’t the case. The belief stemmed from the fact that some of our fathers were the first set of Africans to be exposed to western education and knowledge, so they know no better. With the internet age, information transfer and knowledge which was controlled in the past is now freely available. The control of information is a tool used for controlling and manipulating people in order to rule over those citizen. If you cannot control and influence, you cannot rule the world. That is the problem Africa and Nigeria is currently facing.

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