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Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Little Simz, Sheck Wes & More to Perform at Coachella 2019

Plus Twitter reacts to Burna Boy lambasting Coachella for his name appearing "small on the bill."

The lineup for Coachella 2019 has been announced, and a number of our favorite artists have made the cut to perform at the popular festival in Indio, California.

Once again, the festival has enlisted artists from the growing Naija music industry in its eclectic lineup. This year, both Burna Boy and Mr Eazi are representing for the afrobeats scene. As you might remember, Wizkid was on the bill last year, but infamously failed to show. Mr Eazi and Burna will perform on the first and second and last day of the festival, respectively. We're keeping the faith that they'll both be present for their sets.


While many seemed to be excited that these acts would be performing at this year's show, Burna, who had a massive 2018, appeared to take issue with the way his name appeared on the bill. In a since deleted post on his Instagram story, the singer expressed his dissatisfaction, writing "Coachella, I really appreciate you. But I don't appreciate the way my name is written so small in your bill. I am and AFRICAN GIANT and will not be reduced to whatever that tiny writing means. Fix tings quick please," he added.

Fans and observers alike have been responding to his post on Twitter all morning, with some finding humor in his comments and others simply agreeing with him. Read them below.








Other noteworthy acts on this year's line-up include British-Nigerian MC Little Simz, and Senegalese-American rapper Sheck Wes. Star designer, architect and DJ Virgil Abloh as well as Idris Elba are also set to deliver DJ sets during the festival.

The festival goes down over two weekends in April (12-14 and 19-21). Check out the full lineup for Coachella 2019 below.

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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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