Burna Boy – Serving Up Afrofusion with “African Giant” | The Daily Show

Burna Boy – Serving Up Afrofusion with “African Giant”  | The Daily Show

-Nigeria in the house.
-Yes, sir. Welcome to the show, my friend. (speaking foreign language) -The, uh…
-(cheering) So many accolades have, uh,
happened in your life over the past year, year,
18 months, I would say. Hold on. I don’t want
to cut you off. I-I have to tell this one, yeah. -Oh, here we go.
-Just hold on. This guy is like a legend. ‘Cause I’m from Nigeria,
and, like, -I used to spend a lot of time
in South Africa, right. -Right. And this must
have been 2014, right. I went on this boat thing
in Cape Town with some girl, and… (laughter) Yeah. And then,
we was going in and then you
must have been coming out from some place,
I don’t know. And then it’s like
a big crowd starts going, “Trevor. Trevor.” (laughter) You know? And then,
the girl I’m with, she’s like, “That’s Trevor Noah.
Can I go take a–” I’m like,
“You stay put.” (laughter) You know, so, after that, immediately we got down
from there. I went back and I started
watching the whole… -oh, everything.
-Oh, man, I appreciate that. -And that’s how I– you know,
so… -I appreciate that. Most people
would have been like, “And that’s when I started
hating you.” -But, I mean, that’s, uh…
-No. No, that’s a pretty dope story. -I’m– thank you very much
for that. -Yeah, yeah. Thank you very much for that. Let’s– But let’s talk
about that. You know, you have spent time
in South Africa, but you’ve also spent time -traveling around the world.
-Yes. You know,
for those who don’t know you, they-they are definitely bound
to know you. Burna Boy’s music
has been blowing up. BET’s Best International Act. -Congratulations on that.
-Thank you. -Uh…
-(cheers and applause) What do you think… What do you think it is
about Nigerian music and African music in particular, that it’s blowing up
all over the world right now? Man, it’s just the truth always
just circles back, you know? It’s like things always circle
back to where they started from. You know, music as a whole
started from Africa. You know, so it’s always gonna
circle back home, you know? You think it’s just gonna
come back around, -the vibe, the rhythm, the beat?
-Yeah. It’s like, it might leave again but it’s
always gonna circle back home because, like,
when everything else fails, -everybody runs back home.
-(laughs) -Everyone, uh…
-(applause) Everyone started sampling
the sound, as well. -Yeah.
-You know, you’ve got… you’ve got Drake
who sampled the sound. -You know, you’ve got…
-Drake! (laughter) You’ve got so many huge artists
who’ve sampled the sound, and now because of that, like,
when you hear songs in the club, you hear, like, Nigerian music.
You hear African music. I’ve been fascinated by how
it’s not even, like, called… -It’s just music, which it is.
-Yeah. You-you have a specific title
for it, though. -You call it Afrofusion.
-Yeah. What does that mean?
What does Afrofusion mean -for your music? -Okay, so,
basically, it’s like a pizza. -Right?
-(laughter) Hold on. I’m serious. (laughter) -So, it’s like a pizza, right?
-Okay. And then imagine a pizza. It’s like, what’s the main thing
in the pizza that every pizza needs?
It’s the flour. Right. Okay, the dough.
Okay, okay. -The dough. There you go, yeah.
-The dough. The base. All right. -Cool. Cool. Yes.
-Okay, so, yeah. -So, Afrobeat is the base,
right? -Okay. And then now you can have
any pizza you want, but you have the Afrobeat base. -So you could… -You know,
so there’s-there’s the hip-hop. -Pepperoni. There’s the…
-Oh, okay. Okay. Okay. -I’m like, “Hip-hop pepperoni?”
-There’s the dancehall… -That’s actually a good flavor.
-The dance… Yeah, yeah. -There’s the dancehall ham.
-Right. There’s the… You know?
All types of, you know… So I just kind of make
a nice pizza -every song.
-Oh, I like that. -So, Burna Boy just throws in,
like, an Afro-pizza. -Yeah. You-you need to trademark that.
“Hip-hop pepperoni.” You could make
a lot of money from… “Hey, let me get one
hip-hop pepperoni over there!” Yeah. And then, like,
what it should be is, like, a pepperoni
that’s really hot, and then, like, when people
eat it, then they start rapping. Just like…
(rapping indistinctly) (laughter) -(cheering and applause)
-That would be… That would make you
a lot of money. Um, you are one of the artists who is featured
on the Lion King soundtrack… -Yeah.
-…with Beyoncé. (cheering and applause) You are… you are also
one of the few African artists who got to perform at Coachella,
and that-that’s interesting because that’s what inspired
the name of this album, -African Giant.
-Yeah, yeah. Tell-tell me how that…
how that came about. Yeah, so, basically,
I’m on the toilet seat… (laughter) I love how every single one
of your stories -starts with where you are.
I love this. -Yeah. -It’s like, you have
to be specific, man. -Yeah. “I was on a boat.”
“I was on a toilet seat.” -“I was…” Yes.
-I always remember, you know? So, basically,
I’m on the toilet seat, and then my mom calls me. And then she’s like, “Yeah,
um, you’re doing Coachella.” And blah-blah-blah. I’m like,
“Oh, yeah, that’s-that’s nice.” So, I get off, and then I, you know,
go on the Gram. -Right.
-(laughs) And then I see the thing,
and then it’s like, my name. I’ve seen all the names,
and I’m looking for my name, -and I can’t find my name.
-Right. I literally can’t find
my name, right? So I’m like,
“Am I really performing here?” -“Is my mom playing a prank
on me?” -Yeah. You know? What’s going on? And then she’s
like, “No, it’s there.” And then they circled–
they had to circle it for me. -Oh, ’cause, like, the names get
smaller on the poster. -Yes! -Yes. Yes. Yeah.
-Yeah, it’ll be like, “Beyoncé! -Eminem!” (descending tone)
-Yeah, yeah, yeah. -(laughing)
-Yeah. -(applause)
-So then it was, “Burna Boy.” -Exactly.
-So then what happened? So, basically, that’s
never happened to me before. -You know, I’m used to being the
African Giant, you know? -Right. -So…
-Because you’re huge. This is, like, something
I think people don’t understand, is how big Burna Boy is. It’s just like–
You know, like, depending on where you watch news from,
before-before– depending on where you get
your perspective, you go, like,
“Oh, I don’t know.” But you are huge,
you know what I mean? You’re huge in a country with
one of the largest populations, on a continent with one
of the largest populations, you know what I mean?
All around the world. And then they put, like, this. -You know?
-Right. So I’m not used to that. So I’m like, “Okay, what’s this?
I don’t like this. No.” (laughing) So, basically, I-I told them, I expressed myself, basically–
and not just for that– for the fact that everyone else
that’s coming after me -is, like– shouldn’t have
to go through that. -Right. They should– It’s like
it should be the same way. Like, let’s say
the Latin artists -and all the other international
people that was there. -Right. -You know what I mean? -Yeah,
they have started billing, -like, J Balvin will have
a bigger font. -Exac-Exactly. -Yes. Yeah, yeah.
-Exactly. So I’m thinking, -I mean, it’s only right,
you know? -Right. -So, yeah. -Right. That one
of the biggest artists in Africa -would get one of the biggest
fonts on the page. -Yeah. Yeah. -Yeah. -I like that.
I feel like– -(applause) -I feel like– Yeah.
-(cheering) I, uh… I’m not gonna lie. I feel like
that was the Nigerian in you -kicking in.
-(laughs) No, ’cause Nigerians do not– Like, Nigerians and humility
don’t mix. Like, Nigerians are like– Nigerians are like,
“We kick ass.” You’re the coolest Africans
on the continent. And, like, I can just see
a Nigerian looking, like, “Is this my name, huh?
Huh? Is… -“Did you run out of ink?
-That’s-that’s… “Did you run out of ink
when you wrote my name, huh? Eh?”
(laughs) I can just picture that. Um, all right, so, um, you know, you’re-you’re
performing live everywhere. People love your music.
You’re gonna be performing -for us today. Uh, what’s the
song? -(cheering and applause) -What can we look forward to?
-Sorry? What’s the song that you’re
gonna perform for us today? So, I’m gonna do, like,
a little medley. I’m gonna, like,
bring one of the– my songs -from my other album, my last
album, Outside, -Right. Uh-huh. -called “Ye,”
and I’m gonna fuse it -Yeah. with one of my songs
from this album -called “Anybody.”
-This is dope. So, basically, what you’re
gonna do after the break is you’re gonna make us one
of those pizzas where we have all the toppings -at the same time.
-(cheering and applause) African Giant is available now.

Comments (100)

  1. Trevor really needs to work on his fake laughs, Shiiiiiiit lol

  2. Burna boy looks like that boxer who said Till this Day!!!

  3. I’ve never really seen a Trevor Noah interview fully through but he’s one of he best “talk show” interviewers I’ve seen. He’s natural and seems to make people comfortable

  4. 🤣 🤣 I'm enjoying this

  5. "So, one time i was seated on a toilet and ………."😂😂

  6. "Did you run out of ink" – exactly Trevor, that is so right!

  7. How Am i seeing this after two weeks?😭🙌🏾 Oluwa Burna on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, two of my favorite people, two African Giants 👑👑 and that Nigerians and humility don't mix😂😂 yeah Treva Naija no dey carry last

  8. "I literally cant find my name…!" – uk accent…. lol

  9. Wow. Wow. Wow. Totally forgot about this dude I first heard Like To Party in my body and movement class in college then I played it for like 3 years straight haha so excited to see him blowing up. I gotta look into his new tunes.

  10. Hey trevor! Your people are killing my people in your country, tell your south African brothers to respect them selves, they are biting what they can't chew, this is becoming too much too often, Nigerians will fall like acid rain on south Africans all over the world

  11. Trevor please address this issue, videos circling around of South Africans killing Africans from other Countries..😭😭😭

  12. 2 different African accents at the same dang time…

  13. Please Mr Travor bring Wiz Kid here.

  14. As an African American, Burna is connecting us all! Afrika Unite!

  15. Ayo Trevor. Speak about why Burna Boy doesnt want to come back to South Africa!!!! Justice for women in SA! Total shut down

  16. Well, this is awkward now

  17. This did not age well

  18. I wish this show was like today,,,, we might have different story,,, God bless African

  19. Watching this now can never be the same again. So sad to see the news. Extremely disappointed in South Africans, more so with the ones on twitter and Instagram trying to defend their inhumane actions💔💔💔 #xenophobia

  20. Hi, guys. I made a gaming music video (gmv) of Ye by Burna Boy in GTA 5. It's on my channel. Please watch my video and help support my channel. Thanks!

  21. Ahahaha! Are we going to ignore Trevor's green (his tie) and white (his shirt) look as the colors of the nigerian flag? Treva I see you! I acknowledge your color dress code effort in honour of your fellow naija boy!

  22. Why don't Trevor stand up against xenophobic attacks in South Africa?
    He's a voice and a blessing to his generation. He can change his generation by speaking up.

  23. Bet he hates Trevor now after what they're doing to Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa

  24. This nigga feel happy asf cuz he will his African brother

  25. Burna looks like offset

  26. Burna boy….💪✌

  27. I love this guy Burna Boy because he's engaged and rooting for africa (leadership, emancipation, culture, whatever…) and even more since last year, he stood up againt Blacc Chyna who were coming to Nigeria 🇳🇬 in order to promote her skin whitening products (fck these shits 💩 btw) whereas Davido, another Nigerian worldwide artist co-signed her and everything in a nightclub.
    It was at this moment that I seen that you have people that genuinly want good things to happen to their peers (Burna) and other that just chasing fame and money (Davido)…

  28. No one Knew what burna boy said at 0:03 HAHAHAHAH! Then the audience awkwardly clapped hahaahah But for real tho what did he say?

  29. All I can say is , both of these guys are amazing ……big fan of both !!!😎😎😎

  30. Type in "Hilifa94 ft Handel Mahela" enjoy

  31. Burna feel confortable because it is his brother, never saw him confortable during an interview like that

  32. Nigerians and humility don't mix…on point.. whether they think that they r who oohhh

  33. Drakkkkeee 🗣🗣😩😂😂

  34. "Nigerian and humility don't mix" true !!

  35. 2:09 – Soulja Boy is STILL legendary 😂🇳🇬

  36. AFRICA! I am so proud to be from you!

  37. Omg this made me fan over him hard hes hilarious

  38. “When everything else fails, everybody runs back home “…. I felt that✊🏾🇿🇦 love from South Africa

  39. I love this interview it just shows how humble Burma boy is it shows him in his own skin just being him I looooovvveee ittt


  41. So likable! Very sympathetic guy.

  42. This was way better than Breakfast club. I like that he likes our people better! 🙏🏾 Haha! The vibes on here was 💯

  43. He's been tweeting a lot of bull crap about our country late what an ignorant a.. hole

  44. So burna boy insulted us but we still let him get up on that stage.

  45. This is the most comfortable I’ve seen Burna! It’s like this in real life when you meet other fellow Africans regardless of where in Africa you’re from. You just light up ❤️

  46. like the African bromance' burner boy n Trevor well representing Africa..

  47. Am from Kenya, this nigga is tha shiznit!!!

  48. Reggae and Dancehall is the cheese

  49. Look how cool Burna is with Trevor compared to when he was at Breakfast club King 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

  50. LGE ENTERTAINMENT has madd respect ✊🏾 for Nigerian 🇳🇬 music

  51. Will you stay put! 😂😂

  52. I'm gonna need subtitles I completely didn't understand a word this guy said, if not mistaken he's some Nigerian artist

  53. I've never seen Burna this relaxed on any interview 😊💪

  54. lol.. he mentiones the Dancehall afro beat type. Dancehall is South American

  55. This was really Good

  56. Am I the only one who didn’t know Trevor Noah is African? btw I’m West African 🇬🇳🇬🇳

  57. 🎶🎵🎶🌍🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🌊🌍👄👣👑🎨

  58. Hip hop pepperoni😍😍😍😆😆

  59. Nigerians are the coolest Africans on the planet…….. Trevor increase the volume!😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

  60. Burna Boy sexy Black King! Humble and Down to Earth

  61. if this the best music has to offer.. woaw. im going back to the 80's

  62. We've found the fourth migos.

  63. Please. Admit that the Jamaican sound is what elevates it!!!! Give credit where it is due – BIG UP JAMAICA!!!!!!! EVEN HIP HOP STARTED THANKS TO JA!

  64. He so relax here, he was actually happy to be there😍

  65. Facts black is beautiful home bound mamma Africa

  66. Burna boy was so funny in this interview.

  67. I just wanna show love to all of my African brothers and sisters ♥️♥️

  68. Africa is my home and will always be. Cheers to you Burna Boy

  69. Is This Man "Trevor" SHARP or What!💗💗💗

  70. The Musical Thanos… He's got all the Stones 😎😈

  71. Great interview! 😁🇱🇷

  72. Will you stay put 😂😂😂

  73. This interview ❤

  74. You stay put! 😹❤️


  76. Burna boi..your voice alone gives me goose bumps 🤗🤗🤗 love the music

  77. "Hip-hop pepperoni" bruh 🤙😂

  78. Let it be known that Trevor Noah has confirmed Nigerians are the COOLEST Africans on the Continent 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬

  79. I enjoyed this interview, the breakfast club interview was not it, cringe worthy video. But Burna is at peace with his African brother. 🤙🏿🌍

  80. Lol, he more talkative here than he was on bfast club

  81. was i the only one smiling the entire time

  82. The Last album is great!
    Cameroonian and Nigerian music are at the top now!

  83. Big up burna , big up naija , big up Trevor for having the best guests

  84. Thank you for this interview Burna, i had almost given up on watching yo interviews…you really brought it home wth this one. Thank you African Giant

  85. He’s doing Dancehall Music but yea Afrofusion is more marketable. Big him up same way‼️✊🏿

  86. ❤️❤️💋👀

  87. best, period. Palestinian American bumping burna boy since day 1. yall in for a treat now you hear him

  88. lmfao this is the most I have heard Burna talk.. sounds pretty chuffed too

  89. Nigeria and south Africa on the stage. No to xenophobia

  90. Nice guy and cool personality but his smile is hell of ugly bro!!

  91. This is the happiest and “hype” I’ve seen burna in an interview. 🤩

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