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Just A Band Return With 'Winning In Life' Featuring Owuor Arunga

Kenyan electronic pop outfit Just A Band come back after a long silence with "Winning In Life," the first single off their fourth album.


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Kenyan electronic pop outfit Just A Band come back after a long silence with "Winning In Life," the first single off their as-of-yet unnamed fourth album. Produced by Blinky Bill, the new track pairs Joe Were's house-influenced keyboards with laid back vocals and features Kenyan-rooted, Seattle-based Owuor Arunga — who plays and tours with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis — on some soaring trumpet fills. There's not much else we know about the group's new album, but we'll keep you updated as we get more info. For more on these acts, check out our feature on Just A Band's Winter Journey To New York City and revisit our Okayafrica TV episode with Owuor Arunga backstage throughout Macklemore's Heist Tour underneath. Dive into the smooth "Winning In Life" below and purchase it here.

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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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