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Moonchild x Tshepang Ramoba [BLK JKS] 'Go Starring'

Johannesburg's avant-garde darling collaborates with BLK JKS drummer Tshepang Ramboa on synthed out 'Go Starring'


When we caught up with music/fashion-darling Moonchild last month the Joburg-based avantgardist teased at a collab with BLK JKS drummer Tshepang Ramoba. The follow-up to their syrupy-smooth "Rabubi" has now come to light with the visually stunning video for "Go Starring." On their latest, woozy synth lines and eerily distorted vocals merge with strobe lights and futuristic makeup on a mesmerising dance hit. Back in January Moonchild had this to say about the Justin McGee/Roger Young-directed video:

I just shot a video with Justin McGee and Roger Young for one of the tracks called “Starring,” a song that is basically about James Bond becoming an alcoholic and not able to serve his purpose because he is worried about his martini being shaken not stirred, just like our justice system’s uselesness! Roger (who has always existed in my music life) heard it at my Rocking the Daisies performance last year and wanted to do the video, so we did. It’s coming out in mid February. So excited!

Read the rest of our interview with Moonchild over here and take a look at the strobe-heavy "Go Starring" below.

Interview

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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