Many things were thrown at Nigerian Afrobeats singer Burna Boy as he held a show this
weekend in Zimbabwe, including bras and a few bucks to participate in local politics.
For starters, bra-throwing female fans are common features in Burna’s extravagant shows,
sometimes with panties for a fuller statement.
The show, held on Friday June 3 at Harare’s Belgravia Sports Club, was surely a
blast—a usual for the Twice As Tall African giant.
“E don cast, last last, na everybody go chop breakfast,” Burna shouted as he jumped on the stage, the
tumultuous crowd going wild. They had waited for the Grammy winner for two years, delayed
perhaps by the global pandemic, and now there he was.
“As we’ve become accustomed to at a Burna show, his 6th sense of knowing when a bra has been
thrown to him was on full display as he caught one effortlessly,” writes Zimbabwean entertainment
buff Tafadzwa Madzika. “Burna gave us energy and an amazing stage presence with his vulnerable
side also being on display. Someone was also lucky enough to take Burna Boy’s jacket home as a
souvenir after he threw it into the crowd.”
But before the show, bra-catching Burna was twice offered money to wear a Zanu PF scarf as
an endorsement of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, per reports a local journalist.
Posting on Twitter, journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono said the Zanu PF offcials,
whose requests were declined, became so angry they swore at Burna.
Burna Boy is known for his stance against oppressive systems. He was one of the world’s top
celebrities who endorsed #ZimbabweanLivesMatter in 2020
Beyond the wild energy that underlined the show, the African Giant also showed his
emotional side during his performance.
Right there on stage, Burna got teary and said that he dedicated his performance to Sidhu
Moosewala, a popular Indian rapper and lyricist who died a week ago.
Thousands braved the cold to catch a glimpse of Burna’s energetic perfomance.
Organisers lauded his team for their professionalism.
Performing with a 20-piece-band,. Burna’s management headed by his mother was on point.
“Due to security reasons, his mother suggested that he enters through the KFC end. There is a fence so we had to make a stair case so that he jumps over the fence. I have never seen such humility from an international artist. People were shocked because they never saw him arrive. He just appeared on stage,” one of the stage managers told The NewsReport.
His performance was well articulated with befitting graphics.
Local musicians Jah Prayzah and Tamy Moyo who was a surprise act, put up a decent show in front of a capacity crowd.