Burna Boy’s new single, “Gbona” is a celebration Afrobeat as a dance genre

A testament to Burna Boy's ability to make the music of the past feel an awful lot like the future

Fela’s ethos as a social justice advocate has made it almost impossible to separate the Afrobeat genre he created from its political path. However, the genre also concerns itself with lightweight themes such as dancing and having a good time. Burna Boy’s latest single, “Gbona” reminds everyone that sometimes Afrobeat should do nothing more than lift your mind, your body, and your soul away from whatever’s holding it down.

Over a bed of traditional drums, horns, percussion, guitar riffs and rattling samples, Burna Boy breezes around effortlessly across the melodic web Kelp Amba produces. “Gbona” is a masterfully composed track, tidy around the edges and brightly-lit with every drum line, guitar and horn harmony hanging, seemingly, in midair. More than that, though, it’s a testament to Burna Boy’s ability to make the music of the past feel an awful lot like the future. It’s as the man said; “As I Dey Sing, They Feel The Bounce/ Make All The People Jump Around”. If you’ve been to any Burna concert or seen clips from his on going UK Tour, you’d know exactly what he’s talking about.

In the meantime, you can stream “Gbona” below.

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