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You Should Really Check Out Garçons' New Single 'Pedigree'

An afrobeat-inspired modern groove.

Garçons are a new duo coming out of Canada comprised of Nigerian-rooted singer-songwriter Deelo Avery and producer/director Julian Strangelove.

The Ottawa-based group, who blend influences from R&B, soul and funk, is readying the release of their sophomore EP. Its lead single "Pedigree" is a standout track crafted out of afrobeat guitars and hazy keyboards that nods to Deelo's Nigerian background while weaving in modern R&B and pop elements.


"The inspiration behind this song came from our love for classic Afrobeat music during the 1970s," Garçons mention. "Growing up in Nigeria, Deelo (singer) was exposed to Fela Kuti and other afrobeat artists from the day he was born. His music constantly played in his house, on the TV and everywhere on the radio. It runs in his blood, hence the name 'Pedigree.' It was fun to start there with those elements of funk, jazz and soul, and develop that into something with our own little original touch."

The single comes paired with a lighthearted and contagiously fun music video directed by Julian Strangelove which follows Deelo as a school janitor.

Get into the new single and video from Garçons below and stream/purchase it everywhere here.

Pedigree - Garçons youtu.be

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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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