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'African All Stars' Compilation With Tony Allen, Femi Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tinariwen, Fantasma & More

Hear the 30-track 'African All Stars: The Best Indie & Alternative African Recordings From 1970 To 2015' compilation.


The African All Stars compilation brings together some of the most groundbreaking African artists from the past 45 years, established and contemporary, for an extensive 30-track collection. The release, which looks to showcase The Best Indie & Alternative African Recordings From 1970 To 2015, features contributions from an eclectic and striking roster that includes afrobeat torchbearers Tony Allen and Femi Kuti, Ghanaian highlife legend Ebo Taylor, Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, and 70s Nigerian funk guitarist Harry Mosco, alongside newer names like Tuareg desert blues outfit Tinariwen, SA 'guzu' band Fantasma, London-Nairobi seven-piece Owiny Sigoma Band, Burkinabé rapper Art Melody, Rocky Marsiano, and Ibibio Sound Machine, among many others.

African All Stars: The Best Indie & Alternative African Recordings From 1970 To 2015 was put together by the independent digital music distributor Believe Digital and is being released in partnership by Okayafrica and French clothing label Babatunde. The 30-track compilation is available for purchase on iTunes and can be streamed in its entirety on Spotify, Rdio and Deezer.

>>>Grab Africa All Stars: The Best Indie & Alternative African Recordings From 1970 To 2015 on iTunes

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It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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