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Listen to Jidenna's 2 New Fire Singles—'Zodi' and 'Sou Sou'

These tracks will surely heat up your weekend.

Jidenna has prescribed this Friday with another double dose of new music—"Zodi" and "Sou Sou"—from his upcoming album, 85 to Africa.

In "Zodi," Jidenna and Mr Eazi link up to sing about a woman who searches for signs of love in the stars when it's right in front of her. In good toasting fashion with the bass line from Busta Rhymes' "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" in the underbelly, they croon about going above and beyond to get her love. The stars are in their eyes, abi?

"Sou Sou" is a cheeky and witty track where we hear many plays on the informal rotating savings club our communities in Africa and the diaspora still take part in today. Not to mention, Jidenna effortlessly shows off his ability to spit straight bars.

These tracks are surely what you need to heat up your weekend.

Get into "Zodi" and "Sou Sou" via Spotify, Apple Music and Youtube below. 85 to Africa drops August 23.







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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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