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Kahli Abdu & Ycee's 'Watching You' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Listen to the breezy new single from Kahli Abdu's upcoming EP.

New York-based Nigerian artist Kahli Abdu is prepping the release of his forthcoming EP, Book of Solomon.

Kahli's already shared two solid tracks off the release—"Lonely Girls Club" and "Romantic Girl"—and is now premiering his highly-addictive new single "Watching You."


The breezy new song, which is ripe for your summer playlists, sees Kahli Abdu connect with Ycee, the man behind last year's hits "Juice" and "Link Up." The pair go in over a beat that connects afrobeats, dancehall and NYC rhythms into an total jam.

"When I was recording this album in Rockaway Beach, Ycee came by and heard this beat and immediately got into it," Kahli tells OkayAfrica. "The whole vibe in the room felt very organic and we ended up with this tune. I attribute my arrangement of this song to my appreciation for Phil Collins."

Get into "Watching You" below and keep an eye out for more from Kahli Abdu.




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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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