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Watch Buraka Som Sistema's 'Off The Beaten Track' Documentary

Stream Burak Som Sistema's 30-minute documentary film "Off The Beaten Track."


Longtime site favorites Buraka Som Sistema are streaming a shortened 30-minute version of their Off The Beaten Track documentary that they've been teasing for a few months and recently showed at several film festivals across Europe. The documentary depicts the birth of the Buraka collective out of the multiple cultural presences in their native Amadora, Lisbon — as one of the BSS members puts it, "going to school there meant sitting next to a guy from Cape Verde that listens to Soundgarden and next to a white Portuguese girl who listens to funaná."

The film follows the group throughout their career as they cull from the underground sounds of Luanda, Caracas, Paris, India, and London — from kuduro, tuki, hip-hop, kizomba and, recently, zouk bass to penning World Cup theme songs. Watch the shortened version of Off The Beaten Track in full below, it features interviews with M.I.A., Johan of The Very Best, Santigold, Skream, and plenty more.

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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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