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Adekunle Gold's highly-anticipated sophomore album is here.

Adekunle Gold's much-anticipated sophomore album, About 30, has arrived.

The 14-track album boasts features from Seun Kuti, Flavor and British-Nigerian soul singer Jacob Banks, who appears on a remix to the popular lead single "Ire." The album sees the artist flexing immense versatility and range as he delivers emotional ballads, folk-Inspired cuts sung in Yoruba, and a few highlife-tinged summer jams.


He took to Instagram this morning to share his emotional reaction to the positive praise that the album is already receiving.

"I am really emotional right now.I could cry happy tears," he wrote. This album, #About30, is a reflection of my heart, my fears, my pleasures, my pain, my losses and my faith. With the love you give me? I would do it again and again and again and one more time.I want you to listen intentionally, absorb and create your own stories from it. It is yours and not for anyone to interpret. Not even me."


His fans are showing him lots of love on social media.



Adekunle Gold visited the OkayAfrica offices back in March for an unforgettable listiening party. Revisit what went down here, and stream About 30 below via Spotify and Apple Music.


Listen to Adekunle Gold's New Album 'About 30'

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Watch Adekunle Gold's New Music Video For 'Young Love'

This sultry but upbeat track is the third single on his upcoming album, Afro Pop.

This year has seen the talented Adekunle Gold serving us some genuinely dope music. After he released the joint track "Promise" with his wife and fellow musician Simi, he followed that up with his first solo track of the year, "Before You Wake Up". He then went on to drop the Fela-inspired high-life track "Kelegbe Megbe" towards the end of June and accompanied it with a music video that boasted an incredibly avante-garde aesthetic. After recently announcing that he'd be dropping Afro Pop, his third studio album soon, he's just released a new single entitled "Young Love" and true to form, it's a definite banger.

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This Is What Adekunle Gold Is Listening to Right Now

The Nigerian singer gives us his personal Artist Playlist.

Adekunle Gold continues to serve us with incredible tracks and videos.

The Nigerian musician followed his outstanding full-length album, About 30, with some highlight singles this year like "Kelegbe Megbe (Know Your Level)" and "Before You Wake Up," a collaboration with his wife Simi.

Ahead of his concerts with us in Washington, D.C. and New York City, Adekunle Gold is sharing his own personal playlist of the tracks he's had on repeat recently. His 18-song Artist Playlist includes the likes of Teni, Zlatan, Burna Boy, Aya Nakamura, Maleek Berry, Walshy Fire, Fireboy DML, Joeboy, Rema and many more.

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Emerging Artists: Submit to Be a Part of MIDEM Talent Exporter

The new program will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

MIDEM, the music world's leading conference and trade fair that takes place in Cannes, France, has announced their new accelerator program for emerging artists across the globe.

The MIDEM Talent Exporter will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

"This live matchmaking format will shine a light on the most promising export-ready talent," a message from MIDEM explains, "and connect them with today's finest international talent buyers, including agents, promoters, festivals, media, PR, curators, music editors and A&R. They will also gain access to 10 music supervisors with the specific objective of building concrete business partnerships."

MIDEM Talent Exporter is born out of the Midem Artist Accelerator, a talent discovery and mentorship program that OkayAfrica has had the opportunity to be a part of. In the past artists like AKA, Bez, Moonchild Sanelly, Tshego, La Dame Blanche, Kyan, and other have been part of the program.

As MIDEM explains, the program gives artists the opportunity to "meet international business partners, be scouted by international festival bookers, find an international booking agent, find local promoters, find local PRs, get your music placed in film, TV, gaming, sign publishing and/or sub-publishing deal(s), sign recording deal(s), integrate music playlists, be spotted and highlighted by international media & journalist," and more.

Emerging artists can submit now for MIDEM Talent Exporter 2020.

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