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Boom Africa Premieres 'The Love Affair' EP With Okmalumkoolkat, Kalaf (Buraka Som Sistema) & More

Stream Boom Africa's first thematic EP 'The Love Affair,' featuring Okmalumkoolkat, Kalaf of Buraka Som Sistema, Nastio Mosquito & more.


Artwork by Neals Niat.

Back in the summer of 2012, South African rapper Okmalumkoolkat, Buraka Som Sistema member Kalaf Angelo, Angolan provocateur Nastio Mosquito, Gery Mendes, and producer Bamba Nazar linked up in Amsterdam to experiment & collaborate at Red Bull Studios. The fruits of those recording sessions created Boom Africa, a platform that aims to bridge the sonic gap and create artistic dialogue between the African continent and its diaspora. Boom Africa's first thematic release is an ode to the love affair, inspired by Malick Sidibé's photographs of  dancing lovers in 1960s Bamako night clubs. The 3-track The Love Affair EP kicks off with the slightly comedic, spoken-word critique "Africa Today," then follows with the guitar-laced "Good Morning Sunshine" and the gypsy melodies of "Lobolo." Stream our premiere of Boom Africa's The Love Affair EP, presented by Metro54 and African Hip Hop, below and check out the striking accompanying artwork by Cameroonian/French artist Neals Niat.

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''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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