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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.

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>>>Download: Afay "Lai Lai"

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>>>Download: Afay "Hey Bobo"

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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