Let Nissi Kick Start Your Weekend With 'Familiar'

Burna Boy's sister Nissi comes through with the uplifting new video for "Familiar"

Nissi has been making her mark with the drop of catchy singles like the politically-charged "Pay Attention," "Criminal," and "Mama Mi."

The budding Nigerian singer is now here with the lively new music video for "Familiar," arguably her most addictive track to-date which blends an array of electronic, pop and afrobeats influences for an all-out dance affair.

Nissi is joined by two dancers in the new clip as she proceeds to kill it with her dance moves—and with those outfits.

We talked to Nissi last year about her blossoming music career and her tentative plans to eventually work with her brother, Burna Boy, revisit the full interview here.

Let Nissi's new music video for "Familiar" kick start your weekend.

"Familiar" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic.


Watch Walé Oyéjidé of Ikiré Jones' TED Talk On Creating Fashion That Changes Narratives

"It has become my purpose to rewrite the cultural narratives so that people of color can be seen in a new and nuanced light," says the designer.

Wale Oyejide is no stranger to using fashion as a catalyst for social change, it's the very essence of his world-class fashion brand Ikiré Jones.

He uses his design to tell uniquely African stories, ones that empower us and allow us creative control over our own narratives. In a memorable TED Talk given at last year's TED Global, and published today, the designer explains why he uses fashion as a means of storytelling.

I tell these stories as a concerted effort to correct the historical record, because, no matter where any of us is from, each of us has been touched by the complicated histories that brought our families to a foreign land. These histories shape the way we view the world, and they mold the biases we carry around with us.

For Oyejide, it's about more than just classic, well-tailored clothing, it's about reclamation, healing and ultimately, black pride.

And so, yeah, ostensibly I stand before you as a mere maker of clothing. But my work has always been about more than fashion. It has become my purpose to rewrite the cultural narratives so that people of color can be seen in a new and nuanced light, and so that we, the proud children of sub-Saharan Africa,can traverse the globe while carrying ourselves with pride.

Watch the full talk below and revisit our interview with the designer about getting his designs in Black Panther, as well as our chat ahead of his talk at last year's TED Global event in Tanzania.

Photo courtesy of Spellz.

Spellz Is the Producer Behind Your Favorite Nigerian Hit Songs

We talk to the hitmaking producer behind "Iskaba," "Ma Lo," and many more massive tracks.

Ben'Jamin Obadje aka Spellz' career as a music producer reached new heights last year when he made hit songs for the likes of Tiwa Savage, Wizkid and Wande Coal.

His contributions to Savage's Sugarcane EP include the titular "Sugarcane" and "Ma Lo," before which he crafted three songs for Wizkid's long-awaited album Sound From The Otherside—"One For Me," "Picture Perfect," and "Sexy." The most popular of the lot, though, is "Iskaba" by Wande Coal, which has revitalised the singer's career and returned him to levels of fame he last found as a member of Mo' Hits (later Mavins) in 2013.

Currently signed to Sony as a producer and songwriter, Spellz is also responsible for two of Burna Boy's earliest hits in "Don Gorgon" and "Check and Balance" from 2014. He's got a long list of credits that spans the rapidly changing soundscape of current Nigerian pop, which by turns absorbs ideas from its many indigenous traditions, as well as those from Ghana, Francophone African countries and, increasingly, from South Africa.

House music, a mainstay in southern Africa, is what Spellz drew on to make "Iskaba," which though released in November of 2016 gained popularity when the video was published in April of the following year, just in time for the summer markets.

"I love house music," Spellz tells OkayAfrica. "It's one of the very few sounds that cuts across continents. After I made 'Iskaba' I thought it was the way to go." That path led to the delights that are "Sugarcane" and "Ma Lo," two of the standout songs on Tiwa Savage's most recent EP. That release, a surprise drop that came out last September, was hastily assembled says the producer: "I think it's a solid piece of work and to think we didn't have all the time in the world to put it together says a lot. I feel blessed that the fans love it."

Growing up in Lagos, Spellz began making music on a Yamaha PRS keyboard after which, at 15, a friend in university introduced him to beat-making softwares such as Digital Audio Workstation and FL Studio. "I got hooked from that moment on," he recalls.

Photo courtesy of Spellz.

Some of these apprentice productions are stored on an old computer he still owns, while others are in the care of F Shaw, the rapper whose single "Lagos City Lights" Spellz produced, but who made news headlines in the country when he was revealed to be the fingers behind a succession of witty tweets about bureaucracy which excited Nigerian twitter, from the account of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Committee (EFCC).

Another enduring producer-artist relationship the married father-of-one has is with Dammy Krane, for whom he made "Amin," his most famous hit before his arrest in June last year on fraud charges that were then thrown out by a Miami court. In an exclusive interview with OkayAfrica after his release, Krane spoke proudly of their long relationship and how once out on bail, Spellz was the one person he would send vocal samples for "Prayer," a song about his travails with the law.

As for the current crop of producers in afropop, Spellz is full of praise for Young John (who crafted Olamide's "Wo!!"), Kiddominant ("Fall" for Davido) and Tekno ("If" for Davido), but he makes sure to add: "there's a whole lot of great guys out there pushing the culture. The sound is not with any one producer in particular."

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