Events

#OKAYAFRICADC's African Dance Fête With DJ Underdog! [3/27]

DJ Underdog and DJ Native Sun return to Washington, D.C.'s Tropicalia for our March #OKAYAFRICADC African Dance Fête!


#OKAYAFRICADC touches down once again in the capital city this Friday, March 27! In the name of promoting the latest music coming from Africa and the diaspora, resident spinner DJ Underdog will provide sounds that are mind-wide and foot-friendly, while DJ Native Sun will accompany the mood of the night. Anything is fair game, but you'll probably hear some afrobeat, tribal house, kwaito, kuduro, South African house, zouk, soukous, coupe decale and hiplife. No pretensions, no commercial radio nonsense, and no laptops allowed. Learn more about #OKAYAFRICADC by following our Facebook and Twitter. See all the info in the flyer below and check out DJ Underdog’s Save The Ritual Pt. 1 mixtape to serve as your party warmup.

Interview

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

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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