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You Need to Listen to Efya and Mr Eazi's 'Mamee'

The Nigerian singer and Ghanaian songstress just released their second collaboration.

We've been waiting for a follow-up to Mr Eazi and Efya's "Skintight" for two years—and it's finally here.

The two are back with a new single "Mamee," meaning "Give Me." The dance track, which was originally teased on Efya's birthday back in April, has the two artists discussing a complicated relationship. They sing to each other about having physical chemistry, but question whether or not its "true love."

The track is anchored by the same dancehall beat and slow vocals that made "Skintight" a hit, propelling Mr Eazi and his Banku music to greater popularity. While "Skintight" producer DJ Juls' sound is notably absent in "Mame (Give Me)," MOG Beatz brings his own production spin on the new song.

This is Efya's second release of the year, following her ode to female empowerment in "Whoman Woman" last month.

As for Mr Eazi, he's featured on a number of new songs in recent months, such as WSTRN's "Love Struck", Mist's "Display Skills" and "Take Over" with Da Beatfreakz (which dropped this week as well). These may signal the kind of sound we'll expect to hear from him in his next album, Life Is Eazi, Vol. 2 – Lagos To London.

Listen to Efya and Mr Eazi's "Mamee (Give Me)" below

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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