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The 10 Best Songs From The Latest Wave Of Coupé Décalé

We round up the best songs and videos from a new crop of Coupe Decale artists.


Coupé Décalé is riding out another wave of popularity. Originating from the Parisian-Ivorian diaspora and of course Côte d'Ivoire, the heavily-percussive and melodic dance music will push you to the dancefloor without you even noticing. The minimalist arrangements combined with deep bass and zouk/zouglou influences usually become a sweet addiction.

2013 was a great year for coupé décalé as the infectious music videos coming from the genre kept one-upping each other. New styles, new steps, flowing rhythms, and gyrating hips all kept our bodies moving forward last year. We talked with some coupé décalé lovers in our sphere and, after a long debate, we came out with a fierce top 10 for your eyes and ears. We'd like to give a special mention to young rising star Chocoto de Babi, who we're sure will be part of the next crop of coupé décalé highlights. In the meantime, enjoy and dance as you remember how coupé décalé rocked last year.  Feel free to let us know  your favorite tune by tweeting @Okayafrica with #coupedecale.

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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.