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Get Into Nova's Hazy New Single 'Oceans & Skies'

The Nigerian artist fuses elements of hip-hop, afrobeat and pop rhythms for this infectious new track.

Nova is one of the young, rising artists coming out of Nigeria's new wave.

His ever-evolving sound has seen him shift from being an edgy rapper to taking on vocal duties over smooth and hazy beat work.

Nova has just dropped his Doozybeatz-produced new single, "Oceans & Skies," which fuses elements of hip-hop, afrobeat, and pop rhythms. The infectious track, which was mixed by Bankyondbeatz, builds on a guitar sample and afrobeat percussion elements.

"Ocean & Skies tastefully blends together different genre influences for an emotional ride of love, hate, lust, and desire," Nova tells OkayAfrica. "With references to past experiences and rooted vivid feelings, Ocean & Skies is personal, relatable and real."

Get into Nova's latest single below. You'll have this one on repeat.

"Oceans & Skies" is available now across all platforms.


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Listen to Nova's New EP 'S.T.A.Y (Still Think About You)'

"A universe of dark melancholy and Afrocentric vibrations," executive produced by BankyOnDBeatz.

Nova is back with his new EP, S.T.A.Y (Still Think About You).

Throughout its seven songs, the EP draws you into Nova's hazy Toronto world with sounds ranging from hip-hop to RnB, soul, and influences from his background across Nigeria and Ghana.

"S.T.A.Y is a universe of dark melancholy and Afrocentric vibrations" the artist and his team explain. The EP features production from collaborators Doozybeatz, Goldkeyz, and Kabizzy. It was executive produced by longtime collaborator BankyOnDBeatz.

It features the standout and addictive "Angela" alongside BankyOnDBeatz and the previously featured "Ocean & Skies" which he describes as an "an emotional ride of love, hate, lust, and desire." The album artwork was created by Nigerian illustrator Rozaythavillain, who's worked with the likes of Santi and Odunsi.

Get into Nova's new EP below, it's well worth your while.

S.T.A.Y (Still Think About You) is available everywhere now.

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Fancy Gadam & Kuami Eugene's 'Only You' Will Jump Start Your Weekend

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Fancy Gadam drops the brand new single and music video for "Only You."

The new track sees Fancy link-up with another buzzing Ghanaian act, Kuami Eugene, who was present in several of our favorite Ghanaian songs of last year.

"Only You" has the two artists connect over catchy afro-fusion beat built on bouncing synths and guitar lines, produced by Stone B. The single comes paired with a music video that shows how Fancy Gadam originally met the object of his desire and, eventually, got a music contract.

Fancy Gadam and Kuami Eugene's "Only You" is available everywhere now. You'll be replaying this one all weekend long.

Follow OkayAfrica's new GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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South African Women Dropped the Best Debuts of 2019

We highlight 10 noteworthy albums & EPs from a new generation of vocal talent in South Africa, featuring Elaine, Ayanda Jiya, Ami Faku and more.

The South African music scene has seen an uptick in youthful, vocally gifted artists over the years. Much of this is owed to the recent global resurgence of R&B, as well as the increased significance of streaming sites, especially SoundCloud.

From internet-savvy artists creating jazz, alternative soul and house-infused spoken word to radio friendly iterations of pop and Afro-soul, 2019 has been the year of impactful debut performances.

This year ushered in the voices of a new generation of South African female artists announcing themselves to the world.

Here's a lowdown of 10 great releases from talented female vocalists, songwriters and composers marking this new era.

Read ahead below. This list is in no particular order.

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Listen to Stormzy's New Album 'Heavy is the Head'

The British-Ghanaian grime star has dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album featuring YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

British-Ghanaian rapper Stormzy has finally dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album Heavy is the Head. The album comes two years after he released his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.

The 16-track project features the likes of American singer-songwriter YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

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