With more than 19 million monthly listeners on Spotify, not to mention over 300 million streams of his song Last Last alone, Nigeria’s Burna Boy is by all counts a major international success. In July, the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer became the first African artist to headline a US stadium concert when he drew more than 40,000 fans to New York’s Citi Field to celebrate his 32nd birthday. In fact, he’s packing massive venues around the world on his latest Stadium Tour, sonically reinforced by Solotech, who is supplying a DiGiCo Quantum338 and two Quantum7 mixing consoles, one of which is loaded with a DMI-KLANG module for immersive in-ear monitor mixing.
“Burna’s core band is called the Outsiders; it includes a drummer, bassist, guitarist, two keyboardists, and a saxophonist, and I mix each of their IEMs,” said Duriel Mensah, who pilots a KLANG card-equipped Quantum7. “I’m also mixing ears for the brass section — trumpet, trombone, and tenor sax — plus the front wedges and side-fills onstage. Joshua Adeyosoye, our other monitor engineer for Burna Boy is on another Quantum7. He’s responsible for mixing our three backing vocalists, a ten-piece choir, a very diverse percussion section that can have eight to ten people playing talking drums, omeles, marching band elements, and any additional guests that might join us for a particular show.
“It’s a very busy stage and Joshua and I work closely to keep everyone out there happy. It’s also a crazy amount of channels — there are approximately 120 lines coming off the stage — which is why we needed the Quantum7s.”