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Black Coffee Remixes Alicia Keys' 'In Common' Mbaqanga Style

Listen to new remixes of Alicia Keys' "afrobeats single" 'In Common' from Black Coffee and Kenya's DJ Xpect.

Black Coffee and Kenyan DJ Xpect have both contributed remixes to Alicia Keys' new "afrobeats single," "In Common."


The two DJs are featured in a new album package titled In Common’ The Remixes, released by Keys on Friday.

In an Instagram post Black Coffee writes, “[It is] such a great Honour to be included in this Remix Package @aliciakeys@therealswizzz bringing South African Sound to the World Mbaqanga Style”

It’s been a good week for the South African DJ and producer. Last Saturday, Black Coffee made history as the first South African to win BET’s Best International Act award.

DJ Xpect also took to social media, writing “So much good news today. Thank you @aliciakeys for bringing me on board to grace your just released #InCommon remix album with my Afro-electronic sound.”

The re-release also includes remixes by Kenny Dope and UK producer Lil Silva. You can purchase the tracks on iTunes here. Stream Black Coffee and Xpect's contributions below.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

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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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