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Listen to Niniola's New Song 'Fantasy,' Featuring Femi Kuti

The Nigerian 'Queen of Afro-house' links with the legendary musician on an infectious new banger.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Niniola shares her latest single "Fantasy," featuring the legendary Femi Kuti.

The track is the singer's latest since the release of "Omo Rapala" last month. On "Fantasy," the singer delivers her usual crisp vocals atop a pulsating beat and smooth saxophone riffs from Kuti. It's an infectious song through and through, and the two make for a memorable duo.

Ahead of the song's release on Thursday, Niniola took to socials to share a story about performing with Kuti 2 years ago, and reflected on what it means to now have her very own song with the celebrated Nigerian musician.


Niniola is gearing up to release her sophomore album later this year, the follow-up to 2017's This is Me which produced the hit song "Maradona." OkayAfrica caught up with the singer last year to discuss growing up in Nigeria, her success thus far, and receiving major co-signs from artists like Timbaland and Drake.

According to a new profile on the artist in Rolling Stone, she's also been working with the hit-making American producer Timbaland, who has long expressed being a fan of her music.

"I'm glad I can be comfortable as an African and sing in my language," Niniola tells Rolling Stone. "When I drop songs, I drop hit songs," she adds. We're excited to see what else the artist has in store for 2020.

Listen to "Fantasy" below.

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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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