Monitor engineer Duriel Mensah pilots a KLANG card-equipped Quantum7
USA - With more than 19m monthly listeners on Spotify, plus over 300m streams of his song Last Last alone, Nigeria’s Burna Boy - née Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu - 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. But that wasn’t an isolated incident; he’s packing massive venues around the world on his latest Stadium Tour, sonically reinforced by Solotech, who are 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 Boy doesn’t do anything on a small scale, evidenced by the swarm of musicians and singers that surround him onstage. “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,” says 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.”
Although Mensah has been Burna Boy’s monitor engineer since 2019, when he mixed the artist and his band for a big show at SSE Arena Wembley, 2023’s stadium tour marks the first time that he has ever used KLANG’s immersive IEM mixing platform, and he’s been delighted with the results.
“The integration between KLANG and DiGiCo is flawless,” he enthuses. “If I’m in someone’s mix - let’s say drums, for instance - and I want to bring the click up, I can do it through KLANG:app as well on the touchscreen, and it effects the fader on the console. It triggers a send on fader mode on my DiGiCo and I can see those changes happening. Also, on the DiGiCo, if I’m on the channel, I can click and see exactly where in the immersive field it’s panned to.
“That seamless integration of being able to move back and forth is just fantastic. And if the guys on stage tell me they need just a touch more of something, or want to move something around, I can very quickly do that for them on the touchscreen monitor using the KLANG:app. I love how everything works together so smoothly. It makes my job easier. I can just focus on what Burna and the band need without having to think about it too much.”
Mensah credits Burna Boy’s longtime front-of-house engineer and production manager, Temidayo Oladehin, for his initial spark of interest in KLANG. “I must have first read about KLANG on an email, because I subscribe to just about anything subscribable when it comes to sound,” says Oladehin, who is mixing the show on a Quantum338.
“I’m always trying to stay on top of what’s new. But one of the things that really drew me to KLANG was the information about how it gives you this perceived loudness of almost an extra 6dB. That was something that I found very appealing. If we can get people to hear themselves louder without having a negative impact on their hearing, that’s a great thing.”
Having just wrapped up the 2023 stadium tour with a final performance in Detroit, Michigan on 19 August 19, Burna Boy has released a new album which will be supported with a US tour this October and November.

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