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Afro-Fusion star, Burna Boy makes history, becomes first Nigerian singer to headline MSG

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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

Burna Boy joined the likes of legendary Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson as headliners at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.

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.

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Owners of South Africa bar where teenagers died in 2022 to pay fine or go to jail

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The owners of a South African bar where 21 teenagers died after drinking contaminated alcohol during a party in 2022 have each been ordered to pay a fine or be sent to jail for 100 days.

The couple, who owned the Enyobeni Tavern in the Eastern Cape province, were found guilty of selling alcohol to under-18-year-olds.

The children had attended a party to celebrate the end of mid-year exams at the Tavern where they met their untimely deaths.

Their deaths of the teenagers who were all under the age of 18 with the youngest only 13 years old girl, had caused outrage in the country with many calling for the legal drinking age to be increased.

A toxicology report had, however, revealed that the victims died from suffocation due to overcrowding but further investigations and test later emerged that traces of the poisonous chemical, methanol, were found in their bodies.

The toxicology report is yet to be concluded, but forensic pathologists have suggested their deaths were caused by something they inhaled or ingested.

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Ugandan TikToker remanded in prison for insulting President Museveni, traditional ruler

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Popular Ugandan TikToker, Ibrahim Musana, also known as “Pressure 247”, has been remanded in prison for allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni as well as “using abusive and demeaning remarks he made against the Kingdom of Buganda and the Kabaka” deemed to be hate speech.

According to media reports, “Pressure 247” was sent to the Luzira Prison where he will be cooling his feet till March 7, where his bail application will be heard.

The remand order was given when he appeared before the Buganda Road Court on eight counts under the Computer Misuse Act (2021), following complaints from the Buganda Kingdom.

The 27-year-old entertainer was charged with allegedly promoting hate speech and spreading malicious information via his TikTok videos following complaints filed by the Buganda Kingdom.

According to prosecutors, Musana allegedly shared content on his TikTok account between August 2023 and February 2024 that disparaged and incited hostility towards four Ugandan leaders, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, President Yoweri Museveni, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, and State Minister for ICT Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo.

Musana who pleaded not guilty to the charges, asserted that he was unaware that his actions constituted an offense. He also told the court that he was suffering from psychological challenges and had been receiving treatment at the Butabika Mental Hospital.

He further explained that he felt a spiritual obligation inspired by past Buganda Kings to restore their tombs but lacked the necessary financial resources, and pleaded for forgiveness and leniency.

Despite Musana’s plea for forgiveness and promise to refrain from attacking leaders and removing the contentious content from his TikTok account, the Magistrate rejected his plea and ruled that he should remanded in prison pending his bail application.

His oral bail request was also denied due to insufficient documentation from his sureties.

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