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New Video for Alicia Keys’ Afrobeats Single 'In Common’ Has Her Flirting from a Fire Escape

Alicia Keys drops the video for the Afrobeat-infused track "In Common."

Two weeks after Alicia Keys dropped “In Common,”—a song with some definite Afrobeats vibes—she’s back again, this time, with the video.


Filmed in grayscale, the video has Keys flirting with the camera from a fire escape as an ensemble of dancers show off their impressive bone-crushing, finger-tutting, and voguing skills.

As you may remember a couple weeks back, the Okayafrica office was debating whether or not the rhythmic track, produced by Illangelo, qualifies as Afrobeats. We think so, especially considering Keys and husband Swizz Beatz are plugged into the Nigerian pop scene.

In any case, it’s a celebratory song that embraces love in all its forms —worth ample play this summer, preferably from a rooftop (or fire escape) with cocktail in hand.

Watch at the top.

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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