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Watch Jidenna's New Music Video For 'Tribe'

The 'classic man' is making his comeback with not one but two new singles.

After releasing his critically-acclaimed album The Chief back in 2017, which he then followed up with the EP Boomerang in the same year, Jidenna admittedly went quiet for some time. However, the talented Nigerian-American singer and rapper is back and he's brought his A-game. While it's been reported that his sophomore album is in the pipeline, Jidenna gives us a brilliant sneak preview with his two new singles "Tribe" and "Sufi Woman" from his upcoming project, 85 to Africa.

Check out the trailer below.


Jidenna also shows us just how versatile he is as a musician with these two new singles.

"Tribe" is definitely a hip hop number where Jidenna speaks about camaraderie and the friends in his life who have literally become his family. He also emphasizes how even those who isolate themselves still need to be a part of a tribe or collective at the end of the day. It's definitely a banger and something that gets you wanting to move along with it.

Listen to "Tribe" on Apple Music and Spotify.

"Sufi Woman" on the other hand, sounds more like a highlife number. Accompanied by a vibrant beat, Jidenna sings about how a woman who practices Sufism or Mystical Islam, has caught his attention with her charm and the magical spells she's cast on him. The track really highlights Jidenna's strong voice and makes for a powerful and textured number overall.

Listen to "Sufi Woman" on Apple Music and Spotify.

Update 8/1/19: Watch Jidenna's brand new music video for "Tribe" below, which follows him and his crew through an epic house party.

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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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