Nigerian singer and Afro-Fusion creator, Burna Boy, made history when he officially became not just the first Nigerian music star to headline the Madison Square Garden, MSG, New York, but also the first to have a sell out on live-streams on YouTube with his “One Night In Space” show on Thursday
The feat in itself was a massive win for Burna Boy and the African continent, which went on to show the immense talent in every part of Africa.
The Nigerian music icon who featured as a guest on the American Talk show ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,’ as a teaser for the sell out MSG show, was at his very best as he left everyone including Trevor himself, in stitches with his naturalness and authenticity.
The ‘One Night In Space’ showcase came shortly after Burna Boy’s recently sold out debut show at LA’s The Hollywood Bowl, performances at 2021 Global Citizen Festival and The Governor’s Ball, as well as recently sold out international shows at London’s O2 Arena, Paris’ Accor Arena, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome and more venues around the globe, which were part of his 2021 Space Drift tour.
These recently sold out shows have gone to earmark Burna Boy as one of the most sought after millennial music stars to come out of Africa.
Burna is also basking in the euphoria of the success from his groundbreaking fifth studio album ‘Twice As Tall’, which became an immediate sensation, earning more than 5 million worldwide streams within its first hour of release.
The ‘African Giant’ has also revealed plans for an exclusive limited line of merchandise that will be made available to commemorate the historic event as the first Nigerian musician to ever headline the world-renowned venue.
He also promised a classic fusion of elements and themes combined with his explosive energy and the true spirit of New York City, which will culminate into an unforgettable night in New York City.
A few days ago, the trio of Burna Boy, Wizkid and Rema became the first Nigerian music acts to top the Aftican spotify weekly charts.
Repentant Germany signs accord to return stolen Nigerian artifacts, Benin Bronzes
Germany and Nigeria have signed a memorandum of understanding for the return of centuries-old sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa in the 19th century.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Culture Minister Claudia Roth, as well as Nigeria’s Culture Minister Lai Mohammed and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zubairo Dada.
The German Foreign Minister admitted “it was wrong to take the bronzes; it was wrong to keep them for 120 years.”
Two pieces of artifacts, a head of a king and a relief slab depicting a king with four attendants were handed over to commemorate the return of the pieces.
“This is just the beginning of more than 1,000 pieces from the Kingdom of Benin that are still in German museums, and they all belong to the people of Nigeria,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said. “It was wrong to take the bronzes; it was wrong to keep them for 120 years.”
The bronzes “are some of Africa’s greatest treasures, but they are also telling the story of colonial violence,” Baerbock said.
African arts litter many museums in Europe and North America. Some of the countries have sought to resolve ownership disputes over objects looted during colonial times.
One of such museums, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, an authority that oversees many of Berlin’s museums, announced last year that it was beginning formal negotiations on returning pieces that are in its collection.
According to washingtonpost, hundreds of African artifacts were sold to collections such as the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, which has one of the world’s largest groups of historical objects from the Kingdom of Benin, estimated to include about 530 items, including 440 bronzes. Many of them date from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
Historyextra reports that Benin Bronzes are a collection of more than 3,000 figures and other decorative pieces looted by the British in 1897. The artifacts are housed in at least 161 public and private collections scattered around the world.
First ever African Fashion exhibition debuts in the UK Saturday
The first ever African Fashion exhibition which has been touted to be UK’s most extensive exhibition of African fashion artistry is set to debut in London on Saturday, July 2, according to the show organisers.
The epoch making African Fashion event which is aimed at showcasing designers from the black continent, as well as exoose Africa’s diverse heritage and cultures, which will open at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, is also the country’s first exhibition dedicated to the medium.
Apart from the fashion show, there will also be an exhibition are African objects, sketches, photos and film from across the continent, starting from the African liberation years in the 1950s to 1980s to up-and-coming contemporary designers, according to the event organizers.
The project curator, Elisabeth Murray, in a statement, said the scene is set with a section on “African Cultural Renaissance”, highlighting protest posters and literature from independence movements that developed in conjunction with fashion.
“The Vanguard is the central attraction, displaying iconic works by well-known African designers including Niger’s Alphadi, Nigeria’s Shade Thomas-Fahm and Kofi Ansah of Ghana.
“Over 250 objects are on display for the African Fashion exhibition, with approximately half of these drawn from the museum’s collection, including 70 new acquisitions.
“Many of the garments on show are from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-twentieth century African designers with one of the highlight being the centre-piece made by Moroccan fashion designer Artsi Ifrach, called “A Dialogue Between Cultures” which was Inspired by the British trench coat and headscarf,” Murray said.
“The conversations and collaborations that have shaped the making of the Africa Fashion exhibition are a testbed for new equitable ways of working together that allow us to imagine and call into being the V&A of the future,” she added.
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