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Akon & will.i.am Talk About the Rise of Afrobeats For ‘The Questions’

For the latest installment of Okayafrica TV’s "The Questions," Akon and will.i.am talk about the current state of African music.

For the latest installment of Okayafrica TV’s "The Questions," we caught up with Akon and will.i.am in Los Angeles to pick their brains about the current state of African music.


The two stars were all laughs as we got their thoughts on afrobeats, the best ways for African acts to crossover in America, and what artists they’re looking out for from the continent.

“Africa is going to be the new bubble,” will.i.am mentions, comparing the musical explosion to the rise of K-pop a few years ago.

The two also name some of their favorite current acts. Wizkid, Davido, P-Square, D’banj, and Black Coffee—who Akon calls the “David Guetta of Africa”—all get shout-outs.

Watch the Okayafrica TV video above.

 

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Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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