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Watch NiiQuaye's New Video For the Retro Highlife 'Twa Wonan Ase'

A beautiful and cinematic new video for his single featuring Kirani Ayat and Akan.

NiiQuaye's latest single "Twa Wonan Ase" is an uplifting highlife-fusion track that sees the Accra-based artist and member of the Musical Lunatics connecting with buzzing Ghanaians Kirani Ayat and Akan.

While the track itself is upbeat it carries a deeper message about the discrimination that the three Ghanaian artists face from police due to their looks and, in particular, their dreadlocks.

"I wanted to bring back an old dance band highlife sound, with guitar, in a modern way," NiiQuaye tells OkayAfrica, "so you can hear 808 in the song, giving it a modern vibe."

"I also wanted to talk about social issues through music, one of them is how police in Ghana treat people with dreads, rastas," he continues. "So I wanted someone who had been through this, all of us, Ayat, Akan, myself and Twisted [Wxves] (one of Akan and Ayat's main producers), but we wanted to talk about it in a fun way."

"if you have dreads in Ghana, you are guilty until proven innocent!," tells us Kirani Ayat. Akan adds, "I wanted to encourage people to stay focused, don't get distracted by the obstacles."

The single's beautiful new music video is a cinematic affair that sees the three acts riding vintage cars along the coast and eventually landing at a club.

Watch the new video for "Twa Wonan Ase" below and stream the single now on iTunes/Apple Music and Spotify.


NiiQuaye - Twa Wonan Ase (Official Video) ft Kirani Ayat x Akan youtu.be

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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