Spotify, Burna Boy launch ‘BurnaBank’ to promote black culture


International superstar, Burna Boy has teamed up with Spotify to debut a custom #BurnaBank — the first ATM to print bills that depict a Black cultural figure.

The ATM is located in front of Lovers Rock in Brooklyn, NY and “touches upon the distribution of wealth in Nigeria.”

It also symbolises Burna Boy “creating his own wealth separate from the organisations who monopolize it.”

The collectible Burna Bills were inspired by his latest album African Giant, which featured appearances by both Damian Marley and Future.

Each bill includes a Spotify code to stream the entire album.

Since its release less than a month ago, the album has received over 32 million streams on Spotify.

The cover art and bills were designed by NYC artist, Sajjad Mussa.

In a statement, Spotify said the “global platform” stresses the importance of “celebrating divers music, cultures and communities.”

It added that since launching Afro Hub, over 3 billion minutes of African music have been consumed, with the U.S. and Paris as the leading performing countries and cities respectively.

Afrohub is a dedicated space of discovery, featuring electrifying party anthems and compelling podcasts.

Monetary value 

Although, the Burna Boy banknotes do not hold monetary value, they represent “the collective will to overcome oppression and build wealth.”

However, the installment will only be available until August 18.

Burna Boy has been releasing music since 2010, but after his hit “Ye” took off in 2018, he began being recognised on a global stage.

Last year, his 3rd album, Outside, debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and he was featured on “Sunshine Riptide” — a track from Fall Out Boy’s Grammy-nominated album, MANIA.

Recently, he was featured on Apple Music’s ‘Up Next,’ Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel — but he has been using his voice to do more than just carry a tune.

In Burna’s newest album he makes it a point to include an important message about the issue with the current wealth distribution worldwide.

In another hit song “Dangote,” Burna Boy’s lyrics call out to Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa.

Text across the opening scene of the song’s music video reads, “The richest man in Africa still goes to work every morning. Employment and job creation should be priority for any government.”