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Azgo Festival 2016 In Photos: Sauti Sol, Zahara & More Rock Maputo

Johannesburg-based photographer Paul Paunde captures some of the best moments from the annual Mozambican music festival.

Azgo Festival went down over the weekend in Maputo with performances from Somali-Canadian singer-songwriter Cold Specks, Kiwi singer/producer Estère, Kenyan stars Sauti Sol, Zahara, Mozambicans Azagaia, Gran’Mah, Deltino Guerreiro and more.


Johannesburg-based photographer Paul Paunde was on the ground to capture some of the best moments from the annual Mozambican music festival. Take a look at his photos below.

Azgo is one of several events taking place as part of the Southern African Music Festival Circuit. Still to come this week are Bassline Johannesburg's annual Africa Day concert, Bushfire Festival in Swaziland and Zakifo Music Festival in Durban. Sakifo Festival is slated to hit Reunion Island 3-5 June. On Thursday, Akum Agency is presenting a Southern African Music Festival Circuit sideshow at The Good Luck Bar in Johannesburg with Cold Specks, Estère, Nonku Phiri, Bongeziwe Mabandla and The Brother Moves On.

Mozambican dub reggae band Gran'Mah (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Cape Verdean star Lura (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Mozambican singer Neyma (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Sauti Sol (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Sauti Sol (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Sauti Sol (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Delvin Mudigi of Sauti Sol (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Azgo Festival 2016 in Maputo (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Mozambican legend Xidiminguana (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Zahara (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Zahara (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Zahara (Photo: Paul Paunde)

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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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