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Mumbi Kasumba's 'You And I' Will Ease You Into the Week

The Zambian singer-songwriter, who's previously been featured in Rafiki, will put you in a dreamlike haze.

Mumbi Kasumba is a rising Zambian singer-songwriter and guitar player.

You may have heard her alluring songs—which blend elements of folk, jazz and soul—in Wanuri Kahiu's film Rafiki, the first Kenyan movie to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mumbi Kasumba is now sharing her latest single "You And I," a serene composition crafted out of her airy vocal delivery and tight guitar picking, that will put you in a dreamlike haze. The song was produced by Tan Brown, who also contributes some additional vocals.

"This song was inspired by friendship and love in it's purest form," Kasumba mentions. "A dedication to all the people who see the best in us when we forget who we are. If you have just ONE of those in your life, you're wealthy in the most important way."


Mumbi Kasumba is readying the release of her debut EP later this year.

In the meantime get into "You And I" 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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