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You Need To Hear This Dark Dancehall Mix From Gaika

The London-based artist showcases his special blend of dancehall and UK grime in this exclusive mix for OkayAfrica.

Gaika is a talented left-field musician coming out of the UK who first landed on our radar for his chilling single, "Blasphemer," before making it as one of our 10 British Artists to Watch last year.

The London producer creates a hypnotizing concoction of dancehall and UK grime with additional touches of R&B and trip-hop in his songs. Though it's hard to define—and that might be the point—Gaika's futuristic, Caribbean-influenced production is pushing the boundaries of electronic music, as well as challenging the concept of what people think 'Black British music' should sound like.


Gaika, who recently played shows in South Africa and Malawi, is now sharing an exclusive mix for us made ahead of his live appearance at Matte Projects' BLACK NYC party on March 31, which will also feature Culoe De Song, Dixon, Jubilee, DJ Hell, Veronica Vasicka, and more playing at an undisclosed location in Brooklyn.

Get into Gaika's mix, which features some exclusive unreleased tracks, below. Tickets for Black NYC are available here now. Check out the full flyer underneath.

Interview

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.

''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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