It was an Afrobeats affair at the 2023 NBA Halftime Show, and the Nigerian-African representatives did not disappoint.
Nigerian Afrobeats stars Burna Boy, Rema, and Tems gave thrilling performances at the 2023 NBA Halftime Show in Utah, and we have all the highlights for you.
The NBA all-star game, which took place on February 20th, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah, was designed to see basketball superstars from both conferences, consisting of Team Lebron and Team Giannis, compete in an energetic match to raise funds for charity.
Away from sports, music was equally a highlight of the night, and Nigerian international superstars Burna Boy, Rema, and Tems took center stage in what was an Afrobeats-themed performance.
Introduced by Toronto Raptor’s Cameroonian star Pascal Siakam, Grammy award-winning Burna Boy kicked off the show with an absolutely thrilling performance of “Anybody” while being backed up by his ever-impressive Outsiders Band. The African Giant went on to perform “It’s Plenty” and “Ye” before ending with his globally known “Last Last.”
Mavin/Jonzing world Afrobeats sensation Rema thrilled the spectators next, opening with an angelic rendition of “Calm Down,” after which he upped the tempo of the song and ended his performance with an impressive delivery of his new single, “Holiday.”
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Tems also dazzled the audience with a sizzling performance of her hit singles “Crazy Tings,” “Free Mind,” “Essence.” and rounding up with “Higher.”
This is a huge feat for Nigerian music, as they would be the first Afrobeats artists to take center stage alongside some of the biggest names in the world, including rapper Post Malone.
Watch performances below