Gearing up for his Hollywood Bowl performance on Friday night (Oct. 8), Burna Boy is feeling blessed. Recovering from a late-night recording session in Los Angeles that dipped into the morning, the illustrious afro-fusion star caught up with Billboard ahead of the historic set.
“I’m feeling legendary,” Burna says. “Coming from where I’m from and to be doing that in L.A., the capital of entertainment of the world, for me is legendary.”
The trail-blazing artist has gone coast-to-coast, gracing the stage at New York’s Governors Ball last week and gearing up for a Halloween night performance at San Francisco’s Outside Lands as a part of his ongoing Space Drift Arena Tour.
His latest single, “Want It All,” alongside Chicago MC Polo G, marked a step into a new genre for the afro-fusion pioneer, something he says excites him. “It’s about the generation, this is kind of an evolution from the past generation and it’s crazy to see,” he says.
Both Polo G and Burna are coming off of wildly successful albums, Burna’s Twice As Tall debuting at No. 1 on the World Albums chart and going on to win the Grammy for best global music album in 2021. The track melds the styles of the two worlds-apart artists into an inspiring trap anthem.
“Want It All” isn’t the first time the Nigerian native has dipped into other genres. He’s done a number of collaborations with UK artists on pop, R&B and rap tunes, as well as linking up with Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel. Now he’s adding another genre to that list. During his interview with Billboard, Burna teases future Latin music collaborations with Colombian chart-toppers Maluma — who he’s worked with already — and J Balvin, who he plans to work with in the near future. “I’m always trying to work on something new and find that thing I’ve never done,” he says.
As for the new generation of afro-fusion artists taking the scene by storm, Burna is proud. “Same with Fela [Kuti] creating afro-beats, I created afro-fusion. It’s my biggest achievement in life,” he says. “It’s always a blessing to see [the genre] get to where it’s going right now, especially with the new generation.”
Tickets to tonight’s show are available for purchase on Ticketmaster.