Audio

Audio: Jovi 'Man Pass Man' + 'New Star'

Cameroonian pidgin rapper Jovi first caught our ear with the twsited mbira beat "Don 4 Kwat" (above) and its follow-up single, the Tabu Ley Rochereau-sampling "Pitié." Those two tracks promised a standout debut LP from the West African emcee; Humanity Is Vanishing (H.I.V.) delivers on that notion in that it's loaded with some of the cleanest and most original rap production we've heard out of Cameroon lately. Throughout the album infectious melodies are crafted out of 808s, local instruments, and the "signature bell sounds" of Le Monstre (Jovi's producer pseudonym). Buy Jovi's Humanity Is Vanishing (H.I.V.), available now on iTunes and Amazon(US/UK).

Interview

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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