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Moken's 'Your Sun Is Rising' Will Brighten Up Your Day

PREMIERE: Watch the new music video from the Cameroonian balladeer.

Moken is a Cameroonian singer who belts out songs in an unconventional and captivating baritone vocal delivery that makes it hard to not stop and pay attention.

The singer, who describes himself as an "avant-garde afro pop artist and balladeer," is readying the release of his new album Missing Chapters, a follow-up to 2016's Chapters of My Life, a record that saw Moken singing about his sudden migration to America and living out of his car in Detroit.

Today we're premiering the new music video for the optimistic single "Your Sun Is Rising," which follows Moken as he dances in a park. It perfectly encapsulates his left-of-center approach to his art.


"Your Sun is Rising is a message to everyone in the world who is lonely and waiting for love, to know that they are not lonely, that the sun that's rising every day in their lives is their lover who is rising with them to one day finally emerge in person," Moken tells OkayAfrica.

"[The song] is inspired by my addiction to a Sarah Vaughan cassette tape I had brought years back from Africa [and] played all my school years in Detroit, then rediscovered last year," he mentions. "It became a driving ritual [for me] because I had just bought a vintage Infinity that also had a cassette player with great sounding speakers. This was Sarah Vaughan collection was called 'The Divine One' just for her four octave incomparable unique vocal range... it was a cassette of the best of her love songs, and every time I [drove and would] sing along [thinking] about what is missing in my life, the lady and the love of my life."

Watch the new music video for "Your Sun Is Rising" below.

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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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