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Audio: Swizz Beats remixes Seun Kuti's "Rise"


Seun Kuti makes a statement with his newest album From Africa with Fury that he, and afrobeat are as hot as ever since 1997 when Fela passed.  Now, one of hip-hop's hottest producers, Swizz Beats, is supporting that claim as he remixes "Rise," the title track off the album. The instrumentation on Swizzy's version is certainly less interesting, but it's cool hearing a different style behind Seun's voice. Definitely makes me wonder what types of collaborations we could eventually hear Seun on. Listen to both versions below and let us know - who would you want to here Seun Kuti collaborate with?!!

Seun Kuti X Swizz Beatz "Rise (Remix"

[audio:http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/Seun_Kuti_Rise_Up_Swizz_Beatz_Remix.mp3|titles="Rise (Remix)" Seun Kuti X Swizz Beats]

Seaun Kuti "Rise" (Original)

[audio:http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/Seun-Kuti-From-Africa-With-Fury_-Rise.jpg|titles="Rise" Seun Kuti]

Interview

Interview: Omah Lay Is Nigeria's New Young Act to W​atch

We sit down with the rising Port Harcourt-born musician to talk about his latest EP, Get Layd.

Omah Lay's music is at once introspective and hedonistic, matched with the vibrancy of alt-pop production, sometimes crafted by the artist himself. The Nigerian act, who released his debut EP, Get Layd, earlier this year has been described as wielding the "lyricism of Burna Boy and the melodies of Wizkid."

Omah Lay's grandfather played in Celestine Ukwu's highlife band; his father played the drums too. Being put through his paces in Nigeria's South region—specifically Port Harcourt—supplies the grit to Omah's velvety singing. The starkness of the world he inhabits is a wonder and his lyrics are too. Phrases like "You dun burst my eyeglass" and "Omo she be SARS and she carry full van" are a cultural stamp, a burst out of the ordinary for listeners, many of whom now declare Omah Lay as "special."

Following the validating reception of singles "You" and "Bad Influence," Omah Lay shared the Get Layd EP on May 22. Including just three new songs might have posed a gamble and not defined his sound well enough, but the musician shattered those judgements. Omah Lay is a gifted artist and has the uncanny ability to exist in his space, even when circling around the afro-fusion tag that has seen a recent rise in adaptability.

Below, Omah Lay speaks to OkayAfrica about his Get Layd EP, coming to Lagos, and more.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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