Upon release yesterday, we established that Burna Boy’s “Gbona”, is a celebration of Afrobeat as a dance genre, reminding everyone that, regardless of Fela’s political prowess with music, sometimes Afrobeat should do nothing more than uplift the mood. The instantaneous follow up with vibrant visuals directed by Clarence Peters, reveals that just like the aura of good spirits encapsulated in “Gbona”, the creator himself is on a prolonged spell of happiness.
From African female dancers similar to those you’ll find at Fela’s Afrika Shrine, to masks and mannerisms that loosely remind of Lagbaja —especially as the video shot of dancers wearing the mask comes in the moment Burna utters the line with an analogously rich baritone voice— the delivery of “Gbona” is a delight to watch. Clarence got it right this time.
Watch Burna Boy’s video for “Gbona” below
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