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Listen to An Unreleased Song By Black Coffee, Swizz Beatz & Burna Boy

Black Coffee played the unreleased track on his first Beats 1 radio show.

South African DJ and house music producer Black Coffee opened the first episode of his Beats 1 radio show, Black Coffee on Beats 1, with an unreleased song of his that features Burna Boy and Swizz Beatz.


The song, which is currently untitled and a work in progress, features mostly Burna Boy’s vocals and adlibs and a one-liner hook from Swizz Beatz over a smoky instrumental.

Black Coffee went on to tell his co-host, Mario Cee, that he’s still looking for another feature for the song, which he couldn’t disclose.

The song, though containing Black Coffee’s soulful signature sound, sounds a tad different from his usual style. It features a slower rhythm compared to most of his songs.  “I’ve been known for house music for a long time, but I’m at a space now where I just wanna produce music—it doesn’t matter the tempo, vibe. This is one of those and I’m really excited about it,” Coffee said.

Black Coffee goes on to talk about his musical experiences, his experience in Ibiza, how he penetrated the UK music scene, his desire to work with Tom Misch, among other interesting stories and thoughts. He plays some of his own songs and other tracks he’s feeling right now, as well as classics that mean a lot to him.  

You can listen to the whole episode of Black Coffee on Beats 1 below, of which the untitled song is the opener and here at this link.

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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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