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This Nigerian Singer Wrote Your New Christmas Jam

Listen to Maka's soulful new holiday single "Before Christmas."

Nigerian soul singer-songwriter Maka comes through with a new Christmas jam.

In "Before Christmas," Maka teams up with producer BigFoot for a holiday song infused with reggae, soul and jazz tones. The track sees Maka singing about meeting "the one" just in time for Christmas.


"I wrote the lyrics thinking about how nice falling in love is especially around the holidays, you're excited but then you're also skeptical because the season is fleeting and so are the flings of holidays," Maka tells OkayAfrica. "So it's a song where I hope I not only to fall in love during the season but for it lto ast forever. I feel everyone will relate to that."

Listen to Maka's jam below. "Before Christmas" is available across all outlets now from Okaymusic.

Stream and purchase Maka's "Before Christmas" here.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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