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Femi Kuti Delivers a Pulsating Afrobeat Remix of Jain’s ‘Come’

The legendary Femi Kuti drops a pulsating remix of the quickly-rising French singer Jain's "Come."

Jain is quickly becoming a big name in her native France and across Europe. Her pop creations, from a song about Miriam Makeba to her breakout single “Come,” have well over a million views each on Youtube.


Jain’s music blends Arabic percussion with French electro and West African rhythms in a style influenced by her international upbringing.

Born in Toulouse to a French father and half-Malagasy mother, the singer spent the majority of her youth living in Dubai and the Republic of the Congo.

She can now add a co-sign from the legendary Femi Kuti to her list of accolades with this new remix of “Come,” which we’re premiering today. Femi takes the original’s soaring melodies into afrobeat territory, adding walls of pulsing percussion and his signature saxophone and trumpet lines.

"When I heard that tune first, it gave me a breeze of fresh air, a recreation time in my Lagos chaotic world, and I had to find a great melody to go with a great song!" Femi Kuti tells Okayafrica.

"'Come' was one of the first songs that I wrote in Congo,” adds Jain. “I recorded the demo in a little home studio with a Congolese beatmaker called Mister Flash in Pointe Noire. That's how the African rhythm and percussions really came into this song. I like to say that it's melting pop. It's mainly pop but with a lot of different influences like Electro, Folk, Reggae, and World Music."

Listen to Femi Kuti’s remix of “Come” below.

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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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