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Joeboy Comes Through With a 'Celebration'

The perfect soundtrack and way to end one hell of a year.

Buzzing Nigerian artist Joeboy has given fans an early Christmas gift. The star released his new single "Celebration" today and we're living for it.

The first artist to sign onto Mr Eazi's #emPawa100 project, Joeboy is very quickly making himself a household favourite, and his records truly speak for themselves. The 23-year-old has become one of afropop's brightest new stars in just over a year, with his chart topping habits and musical skills that keep people moving, lyrics that conjure up feelings of the innocence of young love and the bitter sting of youthful heartbreak, his lane is clear and unwavering.


The Type A-produced "Celebration" follows Joeboy's recent releases, "Lonely" and "Call," as well as last year's debut EP, Love and Light. "In a year that has been more torrid than fulfilling for many of us, we still need to give thanks and appreciate the littlest of things and that's what 'Celebration' is about," Joeboy says. "'Celebration' is a song of happiness, recorded at my recording camp in Ghana. It's not a love song but a feel good song that signifies that we shall be alright regardless of the challenges."

A string of notable collabs include Major Lazer's "Sun Comes Up" and his work on "Nobody" with Mr Eazi and DJ Neptune. "Nobody" stands on it's own, however, with it being one of Apple Music's most widely heard afropop singles charting in eight countries, and the 7 million dance videos it inspired on Triller.

Listen to "Celebration" by Joeboy here.

Joeboy - Celebration (Lyric Visualizer) www.youtube.com

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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