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AKA Reminisces About His Ex on His Latest Single ‘Sweet Fire,’ And It's Pure Flames

Can't even front, "Sweet Fire" is a potent pop record.

Just before 2017 ended, AKA tweeted to his more than 2 million followers that him and his bae Bonang Matheba were calling it quits.


On his new single, "Sweet Fire," Supa Mega seemingly seeks closure from the relationship. He bears his soul, reminiscing about how the relationship started, and talks about how he feels now that it has ended:

"I remember when I used to love you/ Now I'm finna burst your bubble/ All the bad bads gon sub you/ Every mami in the streets tryna cause trouble."


"Sweet Fire" sees the rapper return to his forays into pop, which he took a break from when he released "StarSigns" with Stogie T earlier this week.

While AKA's pop attempts have been hit-and-miss, with this single, he seems to have found his pop voice. "Sweet Fire" sounds like money.

The artists shows just enough vulnerability to make the song emotive, yet he sings with such verve, it becomes such a pleasing piece of music.

"Sweet Fire" is the first single to the artist's third studio album Touch My Blood. It's promising to be yet another gem in his impressible discography.

Listen to "Sweet Fire" below, and download it here.

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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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