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Canadian-Ghanaian 'Poetronica' Artist Ian Keteku's 'Love & Lumumba' LP

Ghanaian-Canadian Ian Keteku is set to release his futuristic new LP 'Love & Lumumba' on February 11, via Nocturne Records.


Ian Keteku's sophomore album Love & Lumumba is a narrative soundscape of poetry caressed by futuristic electronic melodies. As a first generation Canadian born to Ghanaian parents, Keteku explores the idea of African identity through his own reflection on past history and present struggles in his mission to imagine a new future worth fighting for.

In an e-mail with the self-coined 'poetronica' artist, Okayafrica was able to receive some insight from Keteku on the inspiration behind his new project and the meaning of the LP's title: "As humans, we all know what it is like to fight for an idea, a goal, someone. Sometimes this fight takes our whole lives, sometimes it takes our life. Much like [Patrice] Lumumba who was murdered as a result of his passion for his country and Africa. The album explores what it means to be African today, the fights we fought the battles we still struggle with. But I believe the 'war' is best fought with love."

"Proxima Centauri," the first single from the LP, was released alongside some stunning afrofuturistic visuals directed by Keteku and Jason HennessyPaul Janicki (Redlight Productions). This 'poetronica' sound-piece is a beautiful mixture of meditative, stream-of-consciousness lyricism and soft electronic ambiance. Watch the video for Ian Keteku's "Proxima Centauri" below. Love & Lumumba, is out today via Nocturne Records, and available on Bandcamp.

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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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