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Olamide Drops New Nine-Track EP '999'

Listen to Olamide's new EP '999' featuring Phyno, JayBoi, Sosa-E and several others.

Olamide has just dropped his first official body of work for this year—an EP titled 999.

The nine-track EP is the follow-up to his 2018 collaborative album YBNL Mafia Family and features several talents including Phyno, JayBoi, Sosa-E, Rhatti, Snow, Cheque, Milly and Jackmillz.


The Nigerian hip-hop artist hits the ground running with the opening track "No Time". The track is slow-paced with an almost nostalgic synthesised sound which brings a calming feel. In "Warlords", Olamide recruits Phyno, Snow, Rhatti and Cheque to produce an ominous but upbeat sounding track where the five all drop some fire verses.

"Dance with the Devil" featuring Sosa-E and Jackmillz is arguably the standout track on the EP followed closely by "Mojo" featuring JayBoi.

Stylistically, "Wonma" and "Prophesy" abandon the classic hip-hop rhythms and rap verses to take on a more Afrobeat and dancehall feel. "Rich and Famous", the final track on the EP, appropriately wraps things up again with a slow-paced melody that makes for some really easy listening.

Olamide proved himself to be one of last year's most consistent artists and this year will likely follow in the same spirit. His 2019 single "Pawon" was a smash hit and had folks running to the dance floor to do the zanku. The visuals for the track, which were directed by TG Omor, saw the artist living his best life and turning up.

Listen to Olamide's 999 on Apple Music.


Listen to Olamide's 999 on Spotify.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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