This time final yr, you could not enter a membership with out listening to the jittery drums and pulsating rhythm of Burna Boy’s sticky occasion bangers like “On The Low” or “Killin’ Dem.” When the pandemic tilted the world on its head earlier this yr, the self-professed African Large—like many musicians—was pressured to pivot, recalibrate, and re-strategize his rollout plans. However that could not rain on Burna’s dance occasion—even when he’ll be doing his signature gbese within the consolation of his dwelling. His newest single “Fantastic,” culled from his upcoming album Twice as Tall, is proof the occasion has simply begun.
In a press release, Burna Boy defined that “Fantastic” serves as a reminder to him that “regardless of how far you go, or how onerous you’re employed; you have to be prepared to return dwelling.” Within the video for “Fantastic,” premiering solely on ELLE.com, dwelling is precisely the place Burna takes us. The visible opens with a large gorilla waking up Burna from a deep sleep. He is met by a phalanx of dancers wearing conventional clothes, and so they transfer freely across the Nigerian star. As day turns to nighttime and again, he joins in with the dancing, as a result of even Burna cannot resist the gbedu (massive drums).
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“The target of the ‘Fantastic’ video is two-fold,” he tells ELLE.com. Because the precursor to Twice as Tall, his fourth studio album, “Fantastic” is Burna’s approach of ushering within the subsequent chapter of his music. “The album is intentionally set ‘within the land of Warriors, Kings and Queens’ to depict the energy in our origins as Black individuals, as Africans. We’re probably the most resilient individuals, all the time capable of finding the silver lining in each scenario and switch it to a trigger for communal celebration. Then we reside to battle one other day,” he provides.
The African Large’s mellifluous vocals float over the bouncy, cheerful melody as he manifests a life as profitable as Nigerian lawyer and funding banker Adebayo Ogunlesi (“As I dey hustle like Adebayo Ogunlesi/No go speak say me I too lazy”) and encourages listeners to proceed dancing—not that you just wanted a motive to.
With a rhythm this enchanting and magnetic, we’ll be dancing till Burna delivers the subsequent batch of occasion anthems on Twice as Tall later this summer time.
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