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Sons of Sonix Are the British-Nigerian Duo Producing For Stormzy & Ty Dolla $ign

Exclusive Interview: Sons of Sonix refuse to be boxed by a sound with production work for Trey Songz, Krept & Konan and, even, Ariana Grande.

Sons of Sonix are going global.

Hailing from the UK, and of Nigerian descent, Mikey Akin and Mo Samuels are have now moved to Los Angeles—and they've brought their same skills, talents, passions, and work ethic from back home. From Stormzy to Ariana Grande, Sons of Sonix' catalog covers over a decade in the UK underground scene as well as the mainstream, while preserving the Nigerian sound they grew up on.

Having successfully proved themselves overseas, Mikey and Mo are currently focused on taking over the American market. Under the guidance of Grammy-award winning producer, Harmony Samuels (Mo Samuels' brother), the duo refuse to be boxed by a sound. Linking with Verse Simmonds on their debut single, "Full Speed," is no exception.

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Michael Brun Is Pushing the New Sounds of Haiti

Exclusive interview: we catch up with the DJ & producer to talk about his J Balvin collaboration for the World Cup, working with Mr Eazi and how he's promoting Haiti's contemporary sounds.

Michael Brun is here to make sure Haiti is getting the credit and recognition it deserves.

Born in Port-au-Prince, the producer, DJ, and artist wants to prove Haitian music's long-lasting influence across the globe.

Since he was a little kid, Brun always had a strong desire to help his country, as was evidenced by his response to Trump's comments calling Haiti a "shithole" earlier this year. In fact, he's felt this strong desire and responsibility from birth. Coming from a good family and having a chance to get a good education, his parents would always tell him, "you have to be able to help others." Eventually, he enrolled at Davidson College on a full ride, where he was pre-med as a Bio major. He thought being a doctor was a way to fulfill that.

When music came calling, it was a no-brainer. Taking a leave of absence, Michael took a leap of faith and decided to pursue DJing and producing full-time. Now, at just 25 years old, Michael is actively (and humbly) living out his dream on a daily basis, giving back to his country by fusing the worlds of dance music and Haitian music into one global phenomenon.

OkayAfrica caught up with Brun ahead of his sold-out show at The Forum in Los Angeles, opening for Latin pop star J Balvin.

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Wale: "I Look at Myself as a Black Man in America, But as a Nigerian First"

Wale sits down with OkayAfrica for an exclusive interview about his Nigerian roots and potentially leaving the rap game.

Who remembers Wale's "Pretty Girls"? Or what about "World Tour"? How about his feature on Waka Flocka's "No Hands" — one of the greatest club bangers of all-time? Or on the slower side of things, "Lotus Flower Bomb" with Miguel, which went on to win Best Collaboration at the 2012 BET Awards? And let's not forget "Bad" with Tiara Thomas, which gave him the trophy for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the Soul Train Awards a year later.

Without taking into account his more recent releases, Wale is a walking catalog of hits. Having been in the game for over a decade, the Washington D.C. native is no stranger to the industry, continuing to flex his undeniable ear for what's hot and what's not.

With the difficulty that came with pronouncing his government name, Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, he took on Wale as more than just a moniker—it was his brand, his Nigerian roots. With both of his parents coming from the Yoruba ethnic group in southwestern Nigeria, Wale is a direct product of cultural diversity mixed with a heavy influence from the go-go music scene in the DMV.

Fast forward to 2018, Wale celebrates a new deal with Warner Bros. Records and releases two EP's, Self-Promotion and It's Complicated. At 34 years old, the rapper continues to live up to his stature in the mainstream and hip-hop realms alike.

We sat down with Wale for an exclusive interview below.

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