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Burna Boy and Chris Martin Pay Tribute to SARS and Racist Victims During Their Performance at the BET Hip Hop Awards

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Nigerian star Burna Boy delivered a highly influenced performance of “Monsters You Made,” his single with Chris Martin from Coldplay, at the 15th annual BET Hip Hop Awards.

During the performance, Burna Boy and Chris Martin called attention to police brutality and racial discrimination, explicitly dedicating their act to the victims of SARS, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad that senselessly took the lives of innocent Nigerians.

On Tuesday night, the two created a chilling rendition of “Monsters You Made” against a screen showing landmark civil rights marchers in the US and the protests in Nigeria.

A full band supported Burna Boy, while Martin sang his parts from a distance. Burna Boy sang in front of the protest footage during the set, while his band wore shirts that read #StopPoliceBrutality.

Burna Boy called once again for an end to police abuse of civilians as the song ended, and stood with his supporters as they raised their fists in the air. A list of innocent Nigerians killed by SARS followed the results. Below, watch the full performance.

The track, published in August, darkly depicts the structural racism and colonial injustice affecting the Black community. The background actors, who wore shirts that read “Stop Police Brutality,” joined Burna Boy in raising their fists in unison following the conclusion of the poignant act. Watch below.

The artist said, referring to innocent Nigerians killed at the hands of police brutality, “This is for Tiamiyu Kazeem. This is for Kolade Johnson.” “This is for everyone that has lost their lives at the hands of SARS and all kinds of police brutality. End police brutality now and end profiling.”

“Monsters You Made” appears on Twice as Tall, Burna Boy’s new studio album, featuring additional contributions from Stormzy, Youssou N’Dour, Naughty By Nature, and more. The latest LP follows African Giant, released by Burna Boy in 2019.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed Is a Forsige breaking news reporter and editor, covering Europe, Africa, and the U.S. from Abuja.

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