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Burna Boy on 'Sway In The Morning': 'My Job as the African Giant Is To Bring You All Home'

Check out Burna Boy's interview and freestyle challenge when he recently paid a visit to "Sway In The Morning."

Before Burna Boy shut down his sold-out show at the Apollo, he paid veteran radio personality Sway Calloway a visit to his radio show, Sway In The Morning for an in-depth conversation and to face the show's coveted '5 Fingers of Death' freestyle challenge.


"We're all most definitely related," Burna responds to Sway declaring so in the beginning of his interview. "That's my job as the African Giant is to bring you all home."

Sway and his cohost ask Burna Boy questions pertaining to the continued bridge-building happening through music between the continent and the diaspora, the connections young Africans have to hip-hop, the drug epidemic young people are battling both in the States and on the continent and more.

In Photos: Burna Boy Brought His 'African Giant' Energy to NYC's Historic Apollo Theater

Watch the interview below.

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Every MC that touches down on Sway In The Morning is tasked to face the '5 Fingers of Death' freestyle challenge, where they spit bars off the dome as the DJ switches to five different instrumentals.

Kicking off with Timbaland & Magoo's "Indian Flute" to transitioning to Nas' "Oochie Wally," Burna Boy is effortless with his dancehall toasting-inspired flow.

Check it out below.

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As Konbini adds, Burna's next stop stateside is Coachella.

"That huge, right?" Sway asks.

"It's huge for here," Burna responds in closing.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, M3NSA x M.anifest, and more.

As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Nandy, Juicee Mann, Alikiba, Diamond Platnumz and more.

July featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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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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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.