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Listen to Oxlade's New EP 'Oxygene'

The Nigerian afrofusion artist shares his debut EP just in time for weekend listening.

UPDATE 03/27: Oxlade's new EP Oxygene is here. The six-track project features catchy afrofusion production from Spax, Dera, Lussh, Echo and London-based producer Nosa Apollo. One of the EP's standouts is the track "Tables Turn" featuring British-Nigerian artist Moelogo.

The project is Oxalde's debut EP, and is an introduction to the eclectic sounds of the Lagos-based artist, who made noise last year with a string of memorable collaborations.

Stream the full EP underneath.



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Buzzing Nigerian afro-fusion artist Oxlade shares his new single "Away," the first release from his upcoming six-track EP Oxygene.

On the Spax-produced track, the artist fuses elements of afropop, highlife, R&B, and more to deliver a catchy and melodic sound. The track's many sonic elements are a reflection of Oxlade's own musical influences, which range from Afrobeat to hip-hop and country.


"Music is the air that I breathe, which is why I've named the EP 'Oxygene," says the artist about his upcoming EP. "With the play on words with 'Oxy' being my nickname and the biological 'gene,' I'm letting out a part of myself to the world which contains love, consciousness and pain."

The Lagos-based artist released his first single, the dance-worthy "Shugar," in 2018. Since then he's released the song 'Sing', with fellow star newcomer Fireboy DML, and featured on songs like "Causing Trouble" with DJ Tunez and "Mamiwota" with rapper Blaqbonez.

His latest project, Oxygene is due out on March 27.

Check out 'Away" down below.


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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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