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Chadian Producer Afrotronix Wants to Redefine Afrobeat In His New Album

On his latest release Nomadix, the forward-thinking producer Afrotronix flaunts the different production styles he's acquired over the years.

DIASPORA—On his latest release Nomadix, the forward-thinking producer Afrotronix flaunts the different production styles he's acquired over the years. The Chadian-born, Montreal-based artist has a lot of influences that bleed through on his new album.


“This album is a good reflection of who I am,” says Afrotronix in an e-mail to OkayAfrica. “I sing in Sara, the language from my country Chad. I mix mandingo music from west Africa with Tuareg blues from the Sahara and present it in an electronic futurist package.”

Dubstep, house, reggae and EDM, are fused with Mbalakh rumba and sai on Nomadix, making the album a virtual journey around some parts of the world.

“I want to redefine the meaning of Afrobeat. I want to present a new Africa,” says the artist. All nine tracks on the album are different from each other. The vocals, which are sometimes digitally enhanced with effects on some songs, make it uniquely Chadian. You also won’t get enough of those guitar solos that are prevalent throughout the album. 🔥

Listen to Nomadix below and revisit our 2016 interview with Afrotronix here.

 

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

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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