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Listen to Reekado Banks' New Single 'Maria'

The Nigerian artist is back with another banger.

Nigerian artist Reekado Banks' comes with more heat following the release of his single "Yawa" featuring DJ Yung earlier this year.

The 25-year-old singer and songwriter shares his latest banger "Maria," produced by Young John.

On the three-and-a-half minute track, the artist sings about a girl, by the name of Maria—as you might have guessed—who he is smitten with in a smoldering mix of Pidgin and Yoruba. "Your loving sweet pass money, oh," he sings atop the tracks's blazing production.


Banks featured on several standout collaborations last year, including the popular "Sensima" with Skiibii as well as "Turn Up" along with Wizkid and DJ Tunez. He also released the Tiwa Savage-assisted "Like."

We hope to hear "Maria" on rotation in the upcoming months. Listen to the track below.

Reekado-Banks - Maria (Official Audio) youtu.be


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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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