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Listen to Nonso Amadi's New EP 'Free'

The Nigerian artist's stunning sophomore EP boasts features from Mr Eazi and Simi.

Buzzing Nigerian artist Nonso Amadi, returns with his latest EP Free, and it's an impressive body of work.

The 6-track EP boasts appearances from Mr Eazi, who's featured on the dance-worthy "Go Outside," as well as a duet with Simi who provides her honeyed vocals on "Better."

The 23-year-old artist delivers his signature fluid vocals atop mellowed-out production throughout the EP, particularly on the opening track "Never," and the title track "Free." He ends the project on a more playful note with the track "What Makes You Sure?"

The EP was entirely produced by the artist himself, with help from British-Nigerian producer Juls as well as AoD, as noted in Konbini.


Free sees the artist staying true to the genre-bending sound he cultivated with his debut EP Alone and on standout singles like "Tonight" and "Radio." With the release of Free, the artist is solidifying his position as one of the most experimental in the growing Nigerian music scene.

Listen to Free below via Apple Music and Spotify.


Interview

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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