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Blood Orange Negro Swan cover.

Blood Orange's New Album Will Explore "Black Depression, Black Existence, and the Ongoing Anxieties of Queer/People of Color"

Negro Swan is on the way.

Dev Hynes has announced the follow-up to 2016's Freetown Sound. His new full-length album as Blood Orange is titled Negro Swan and will come out on August 24 via Domino.

"My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color," Hynes mentions in a statement.


"A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all. The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of hope, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness."

Hynes has shared the album's cover art (above), as well as a teaser video you can watch below.

While Blood Orange's previous album, Freetown Sound, delved into his background and his Sierra Leonean and Guyanese parents, he's previously mentioned to Pitchfork that his new album will "deal with growing up and childhood in England."

Revisit OkayAfrica's interview with Blood Orange about his Sierra Leonean and West African influences.

Watch the teaser and see his tour dates listed underneath.

Blood Orange Tour Dates

07-21 Chicago, IL - Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival 2018)
08-05 Montreal, Quebec - Parc Jean-Drapeau (Oshega Festival)
09-14 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Orpheum, Westward Music Festival
09-15 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
09-16 Portland, OR - Roseland
09-20 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
09-21 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
09-22 Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Festival
09-26 New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
09-27 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
09-28 Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
10-01-02 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall
10-06 Austin, TX - Ziller Park (Austin City Limits)
10-13 Austin, TX - Ziller Park (Austin City Limits)
10-29 London, England - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
10-30 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Max
11-02 Paris, France - Grande Halle de la Villette (Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2018)
11-03-04 Turin, Italy - Lingotto Fiere, Club to Club Festival
11-06 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theater
11-08 Copenhagen, Denmark - The Grey Hall
11-07-10 Reykjavík, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival


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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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