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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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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday it was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.

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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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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Makwa x Maraza x AKA, Joeboy, Zlatan, Nadia Nakia, TOBi x The Game, Yilian Canizares, Aewon Wolf and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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A-Reece Releases His Second Song of 2020 ‘Selfish [EXP 2]’

Listen to A-Reece's new song 'Selfish [EXP 2].'

A-Reece has released another song via SoundCloud. "Selfish" is a minimalist song with its beat consisting mostly of gnarled guitar strings and a pulsating bongo drum.

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