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Blinky Bill of Just A Band Returns With a Dance EP and Nightmarish Music Video

Blinky Bill shares the 5-track 'We Cut Keys While You Wait' EP and a brand new music video.

Earlier this year, Kenya’s beloved Just A Band announced that they’d be going on hiatus to concentrate on individual projects.


One of those new projects is seeing the light of day today in the form of Blinky Bill’s 5-track We Cut Keys While You Wait EP.

The new release sees Blinky Bill experimenting with different shades of dance beats—from the hazy "Intro" and "Don't Doubt" to the more upbeat "Wacha Maneno"—and all kinds of synthesizer noises.

He’s sharing the EP along with a nightmarish music video for “Kwani Iko Nini,” which stars a fire dancer and masked hula-hooper who may or may not live in Blinky’s dreams.

“ ‘Kwani Iko Nini' means 'What's going on' in Swahili,” Blinky Bill tells Okayafrica. “This is my first music video as a solo artist. It's a dance video for one of the songs from my EP that came out today. Yay.”

“The EP is a precursor to my debut album that I'm currently working on that's slated to come out early next year. [These] were experiments that I wanted to test out the waters with.”

Get lost in the “Kwani Iko Nini” visuals above. Stream the new EP below and buy it for the price of your choice.

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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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