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This Documentary Takes You Behind The Making of AKA’s Latest Album

This is how AKA put together one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

Last week Friday, AKA released his third studio album, Touch My Blood, which he confirmed earlier this year would be his last. Touch My Blood has been the talk of the town on Twitter streets.


As we reported last week, the artist played a mini documentary about the making of Touch My Blood, at his album listening session. The documentary is now on YouTube for all to watch.

In the documentary, we can see AKA in studio sessions with his collaborators and producers. He explains the album's title, and talks about the respect he has for his collaborators—JR, Master A Flat, Yanga, Kid Dominant, among others. He also touches on how much fun he had making the album, and why it was important for him to be vulnerable on sincere on Touch My Blood.

Watch the documentary below and stream Touch My Blood underneath or download it here.


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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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