Audio

New Nigerian Music: AFAY 'Lai Lai' + 'Hey Bobo'

New Nigerian music. AFAY makes her singles debut with "Lai Lai" and "Hey Bobo".


The first time many of us heard AFAY was on her soulful duet with Omawumi on Lasso of Truth. Now, the Nigerian singer/songwriter is coming into her own with the release of her first two singles.

On "Lai Lai" AFAY simply, yet mellowly professes an eternal love to "the flame that lights [her] fire".

AFAY speeds vibes up on "Hey Bobo" with a dancehall-like introduction reminiscent of Lumidee's "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)".

We'll likely be hearing more from the Port Harcourt-based artist before the year runs out.

[audio:http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/Lai-Lai.mp3|titles=Afay 'Lai Lai']

>>>Download: Afay "Lai Lai"

[audio:http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/Hey-bobo.mp3|titles=Afay 'Hey Bobo']

>>>Download: Afay "Hey Bobo"

News Brief
Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.