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Mystro's 'Atarodo' Will Spice Up Your Week

The Nigerian producer gives us an exclusive listen to the lead single from his upcoming full-length.

Mystro, the well-regarded Nigerian producer, is set to drop his debut album in December.

"Issa Vibe" his duet with Davido, which he wrote and produced, was one of the stand out songs of the summer. As he prepares to release his yet to-be-titled debut album, Mystro's making its first single, "Atarodo," available to fans as an OkayAfrica exclusive.

"Atarodo" is a mellow delight and finds Mystro in praise of a lover's beauty who he says "fine pass Rihanna." The single is named after the Yoruba word for Scotch bonnets (atarugu in Hausa), a very hot chili pepper whose quality Mystro likens to his lover.

"I wanted to do a song for all the women supporting the afrobeat culture," Mystro tells OkayAfrica in WhatsApp messages from his base in Lagos, "that's why atarodo is so sexy, melodic but yet empowering."

"Atarodo" pairs soft percussion with a sweet and melancholic piano. It does a good job of plucking the listener's emotional strings. The song's made better by Mystro's tender singing and heart-rendering, layered with muffled counter melodies that deepen the emotional pool of the song.

"I build my instruments with the piano. I always try to make my melodies compelling and also carry a driving force," writes.

Mystro's debut LP, when it drops, will feature Maleek Berry who has also made an impressive turn from producer to solo artist, as well as Ycee, Tomi Agape, Eugy and Nonso Amadi.

Listen to our exclusive of "Atarodo" above.

Mystro. Image courtesy of the artist.

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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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