Audio

Alec Lomami's 'Ambience A Gogo' Mixtape Is Essential Listening

Alec Lomami’s latest mix is a tapestry of soundscapes—from heavy trap to fast-paced afrobeats, rumba and plenty of remixes.

Kinshasa rapper and DJ Alec Lomami’s latest mix, Ambiance A Gogo, is a tapestry of soundscapes of contemporary music from the continent.


It features heavy trap to fast-paced afrobeats, rumba and some notable remixes—look out for the rework of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

In an e-mail to OkayAfrica, Lomami describes Ambiance A Gogo as “a mix of bangers that will make you dance and a foretaste of what you’ll be hearing from my DJ sets.”

Lomami decided to be a DJ because he only heard Anglophone African music in the US, where he's currently based. “So I thought, fuck it, I should transition from AUX cable extraordinaire to your next favorite push button DJ,” he says. “I could try to put all this music, regardless of language genre and region, out there. Ambiance A Gogo was born.”

The mix features music from artists such as Biz Ice from Congo, Jovi from Cameroon, Anbuley from Ghana, Fabragas Le Metis Noir from DRC, Maleek Berry from Nigeria and Nasty C from South Africa, among others.

Listen to the mix above.

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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