At $1.7million, Burna Boy is African Artiste with Highest-Grossing Concert in US

Burna Boy holds the record for the highest-grossing concert by an African artist in the United States.

According to Touring Data, the Grammy Award-winning artist earned $1.725 million during his ‘I Told Them’ tour, which ended on March 7, 2024, at Washington’s Capital One Arena.

The achievement means that the singer has also broken his previous African record, which he set at the TD Garden in Boston.

“Burnaboy earns the highest-grossing arena-concert by an African artist in US history with $1.725 million at Capital One Arena in Washington on March 7, 2024, surpassing his own record at TD Garden in Boston,” the post reads.

In 2023, the ‘African Giant’ hitmaker was named the African singer with the biggest earnings from one event.

Burna Boy, born Damini Ogulu, rose to prominence in 2013 with the release of ‘Like to Party,’ the lead song off his debut album ‘L.I.F.E.’.

Burna Boy received the Grammy Award for ‘Best World Music Album’ in 2021 with his fifth album, ‘Twice As Tall’.

In April, the Port Harcourt-born musician was named one of Time Magazine’s top 100 influential people for 2024.

The Canadian Senate recognized him for his contributions to the entertainment industry.

According to Nigerian comedian Alibaba, the Afrofusion artist has “done more for national awareness than any of the country’s ambassadors”.

“The value of the creative industry right now? Beyond,” he said.

“For instance, you have a single artiste going to London at the 02 Arena, closing it down and earning close a million, two million pounds, and coming back to Nigeria with that kind of money, even if they took 50% of it… Burna Boy has done a lot more for Nigerian national awareness than any ambassador that has been posted to America, posted to the UK, or posted to any other place.

“So these artistes that are performing are bringing national awareness and making other countries to even know about us than any ambassador would have done.”


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