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Adekunle Gold in 'Antidote' single by Nao featuring Adekunle Gold. Still from official music video

Nao Drops New Single 'Antidote' Featuring Adekunle Gold

Nao and Adekunle Gold have dropped their joint collaboration 'Antidote' and the accompanying music video. The song is dedicated to the artists' daughters.

British singer Nao has released her fresh new single "Antidote" featuring Nigerian artist Adekunle Gold. The release of the single is accompanied by mesmerising visuals in which both Nao and Adekunle celebrate their beautiful baby daughters. The infectious single follows Nao's official 2018 album titled Saturn.


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According to DIY Mag, "Antidote" was conceptualised last year as a remedy to the COVID-19 lockdown. Coincidentally, both artists became parents to daughters last year. Nao explained that the loving lyrics are designed to uplift the heaviness that has been felt since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Adekunle Gold, whose daughter was reportedly born a week apart from Nao's, also added his sentiments saying:

"This song is a perfect description of how I feel about my daughter Love usually feels like a concept, sometimes invisible, but with her it's so tangible because she's right there. I'm so obsessed with her that if she wasn't around me, I wouldn't be ok, I guess that's what antidote is, a cure, a loving cure to the things that ail me."

The music video is both soft with deliberately wispy visuals creating a view of the world from a baby's perspective where everything is new and impermanent. Scenes of Nao and Adekunle Gold affectionately cradling babies merge together creating an aesthetically surreal effect. The video is genuinely adorable and sends out relaxing vibrations and overall good energy.

Watch "Antidote" by Nao featuring Adekunle Gold:

Nao - Antidote (Official Video) ft. Adekunle Gold www.youtube.com


Listen to "Antidote" by Nao featuring Adekunle Gold on Apple Music:


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Interview

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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