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  The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced that the NBA ALL-Star Weekend will be starring an Afrobeats-themed performance. Three Nigerian superstars – GRAMMY Award-winning singer, Burna Boy, and 2023 GRAMMY Award-winning and Oscar-nominated singer, Tems, and Rema – will headline the 2023 NBA All-Star Game halftime show. Following the performance, the NBA family will honour LeBron James for becoming the league’s all-time scoring leader.
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The 72nd NBA All-Star Game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City and is broadcast on TNT. Ahead of the tip, global superstar Post Malone will perform a medley of hits following the first-ever in-arena NBA All-Star Draft (7:30 p.m. ET), and Vin Diesel, star of the upcoming “Fast X” movie, will welcome fans to the evening.
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Payson, Utah native and GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Jewel will sing the U.S. national anthem and Juno Award-winning and platinum-selling artist Jully Black will sing the Canadian national anthem for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. Utah vocal group The Bonner Family will sing the U.S. national anthem for the Jordan Rising Stars 2023, which will be played on Friday, February 17 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.   As recently disclosed, the group will also perform the US National Anthem and Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice, at the NBA HBCU Classic presented by AT&T, which will conclude at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 18. ET on TNT, ESPN2 and NBA TV. Watch the performances and the rest of the weekend’s exciting activities on ESPN, Canal Plus and NBA TV (
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The significant recording of Burna Boy, Tems and Rema in the halftime show is yet another acknowledgement of the global takeover of the Afrobeats sound, cultivated by musicians and fans over the years, and which has lately made its way into the West. Featured Image Source: NBA
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This article was first published on 16th February 2023


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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