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10 Music Videos From Andrew Dosunmu, The New 'Fela Kuti' Director

The best music videos from Fela Kuti biopic director Andrew Dosunmu.


At Okayafrica HQs, we've been planning our weekends around showtimes for Mother of George, the latest release from Nigerian filmmaker/photographer and music video director Andrew Dosunmu. We're already fans of his debut theatrical release Restless City, but in the aftermath of this week's huge Dosunmu-related news, we wanted to take a closer look to get a sense of what to expect from the upcoming Black President biopic. Below are ten music videos that best create a sense of the Fela Kuti director's rich aesthetic, from Kweli in Lagos to an empowering portrayal of Les Nubians' celebration of the afro.

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IMANY "You Will Never Know"

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Talib Kweli "Hostile Gospel Pt. 1 [Deliver Us]"

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Les Nubians "Afrodance"

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Common ft. Bilal "The 6th Sense"

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Angie Stone "No More Rain (In This Cloud)

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Guru "Feel the Music"

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Yousou & Wyclef "Birima"

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Patrice "Sunshine"

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Manic Street Preachers "Let Robeson Sing"

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Maxwell "Matrimony"

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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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