Audio

Bajah & Captain Planet Salute Ebola Doctors In 'Out of Hand'

Sierra Leonean rapper Bajah teams up with DJ Captain Planet and Brooklyn Shanti for "Out of Hand," a song about the ongoing Ebola crisis.


A few months ago, Sierra Leonean rapper/singer Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crewspoke to Okayafrica about the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, describing the situation as "out of hand." Striving to inform the world that the epidemic still goes on today — having caused more than 7,500 deaths — and in support of the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, the New York-based musician now shares a song of the same name. "Out of Hand," a collaboration with 'gumbo funk' purveyor Captain Planet and tropical bass pioneer Brooklyn Shanti that began as a freestyle, has Bajah singing over percussive whips and electronic pinches, with deep yearning in his voice. "My people are bleeding, Ebola is killing them, Everyday like flies," he raps, trying to bring painful attention to the disease. Listen to "Out of Hand" below. The song is also available for download at Music Equals Medicine with a donation to Doctors Without Borders.

Interview

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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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