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Michael Kiwanuka 'You've Got Nothing Left to Lose'

Michael Kiwanuka returns with a video for his Jack White-produced latest single 'You've Got Nothing Left to Lose'– out now via Third Man Records.

Just when the soul-satisfying effects of Michael Kiwanuka's January stop in NYC were starting to ware off on us, the British/Ugandan balladeer has returned with more good ol' timey storytelling on his Jack White-produced latest. "You've Got Nothing Left to Lose" continues Kiwanuka's legacy of churning out silky-voiced, bone-rattling ballads. This time accompanied by a fiddle to pull at the heartstrings, Kiwanuka resurrects his own uplifting melancholy on "Tell Me a Tale." The James Cathcart-directed video shares the story of a transgender woman as Kiwanuka's folky wisdom offers sage advice from parent to child. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Cathcart explained his intent to examine misconceptions and acceptance: "By letting the aural and visual aspects play off each other, both become more dynamic. It's about misleading perceptions — not just in terms of the character's gender, but also from what we expect of the people she encounters." "You've Got Nothing Left to Lose" arrived today via Third Man Records' Blue Series. Watch the video below and find out more details on Kiwanuka's latest at Okayplayer.

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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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