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Watch AKA's New Video For 'Fela In Versace' Featuring Kiddominant

The SA rapper mentioned wanting to "shoot a corny Naija-type video for this one."

South African superstar rapper AKA has released the new video for "Fela In Versace," the clear standout from his latest record Touch My Blood, which dropped earlier this year. AKA has mentioned this will be his last album.

"Fela In Versace," which has been at the #1 spot for 3 consecutive weeks on the Metro FM SABC charts, sees AKA linking up with Nigeria's Kiddominant, who penned the chorus and catchy beat to this track.

As its title implies, the song sees AKA comparing himself to greats like Fela and Madiba, "Fela in Versace, Mandela in a 'Rari," he shouts. The song's boosted by Kiddominant's addictive chorus hook in which, among other things, he boasts of "Doing 240 on Lekki Epe" expressway in Lagos.

During his listening session for Touch My Blood, AKA mentioned he would "shoot a corny Naija-type video for this one," speaking of "Fela In Versace."

For more, read bout how AKA is preserving and reimagining South African classics for young fans.

Watch the Nate Thomas-directed music video for AKA and Kiddominant's "Fela In Versace" below.


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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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