Audio

Photo Diary: Dancehall Star I-Octane In Gambia

Browse through a gallery of photos from I-Octane's trip to Gambia and stream a remix of his collaboration with Gambian rapper T. Smallz.

I-Octane, the Jamaican dancehall star behind hits like "Happy Time" and "Lose A Friend," recently embarked on his first trip to Gambia, where he performed a concert at Banjul's National Stadium and collaborated with Gambian rapper T. Smallz on "Fire Dancer," a track which will be the subject of a forthcoming remix EP on KickRaux & Future Dancehall Records.


"This was my first trip to Africa," I-Octane explains in an exclusive with LargeUp. "I was looking forward to experiencing it for myself because I’ve always heard people talk about going back to their roots. My only knowledge of it was what I saw on TV, in books and what I’d hear, but I wanted to have my own experience. It was finally my time."

"It was a blessing to start with Gambia. I found it to be a lot like Jamaica. It was a spiritual elevation that has heightened my sense of purpose. The way I was embraced there, I feel Gambia will always be a part of me. I have to big up T. Smallz and the Katato team— A dem seh, Conquer the Globe! I’m hoping to go to other countries soon, places like Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya. Our team is working towards doing a tour of the full continent in the near future."

Stream I-Octane and T. Smallz' "Fire Dancer," plus our Okayafrica and LargeUp joint premiere of producer Kush Arora's "Fire Dancer" remix, which takes the dancehall-meets-Gambian hip-hop style of original into bhangra reggae territory, below.

Scroll through selections from I-Octane's photo tour diary above and view the complete gallery over at LargeUp.

Popular
Photo credit should read KELVIN IKPEA/AFP via Getty Images

The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Sho Madjozi Drops New Upbeat Mixtape 'What A Life'

Sho Madjozi drops her latest mixtape 'What A Life' featuring Manu WorldStar, Dr Thomas Chauke, Makhadzi and many more.