Afro-fusion singer and ‘Ye’ crooner, Burna Boy recently rocked the stage at the Apollo Theatre for the New York stop of his ongoing cross country ‘African Giant’ Tour in America and as usual, the show was LIT. The Apollo Theatre, which was opened in 1914 and rebranded in 1934, is a noted venue for African-American performers.
Following the success of his 2018 ‘Outside’ album which had the smash hit single ‘YE’, Burna has gone to dominate the charts with other hit songs such as, ‘On the Low’, ‘Gbona’, and a host of other notable jams.
Burna Boy joins an impressive list of artists who have performed at the theatre. This includes big wigs like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, The Pips, The Jacksons, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, D’Angelo and many more.
The theatre is one of the most iconic performance venues in the United States of America and it holds its reputation as the performance platform that played a significant role in the emergence of R&B, jazz, & gospel music genres.
The arena is also known to be the platform where “Showtime At The Apollo” – a nationally syndicated television variety show – was filmed and broadcasted on a weekly basis. The show helped in projecting African-American artists to the mainstream audience, which in turn made them a household name in the industry.
See pictures from the show below;