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Listen to 'Simmer', the Dope New Track by Burna Boy and UK Singer Mahalia

It's all about love and fiery chemistry in this mid-tempo banger.

After having collaborated with UK artists such as Rita Ora, Lilly Allen and Dave, Burna Boy continues to carve out a space for himself on the UK music scene. Most recently, is his feature on UK singer Mahalia's new track entitled "Simmer''.


Following his recent win at the 19th annual BET awards where he took home Best International Act and mama Burna accepted it on his behalf, Burna Boy continues to bring the damn sauce.

In "Simmer", Mahalia talks about the kind of love she wants from her lover and how she wants it to be expressed more clearly. Complementing Mahalia's catchy hook, "Cool now, please me/Cool now, sinner/Cool down, love" Burna Boy comes through with a solid verse expressing his own feelings and singing, "Baby, you're make me tell you this/I won't waste no time, I'll be proceeding quick/The way you're moving lately got me feeling sick/Like sey you've forgotten who you're dealing with".

The two artists show incredible chemistry in this affectionate track produced by Felix Joseph and Jonah Christian and it's probably what makes it exceptional.

While Love & Compromise (the album comprising "Simmer" and "I Wish I Missed My Ex") will only drop in September, you can listen to "Simmer" on Apple Music and Spotify.


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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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