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Obie Iyoha's 'Fire' Will Soundtrack Your Summer Days & Nights

We premiere the addictive new single from the Michigan-based Nigerian rapper.

We knew Obie Iyoha was onto something when he showcased his outer-space flow on his last single "Karats," which was inspired by a trip back to his home of Nigeria.

The Michigan-based rapper now proves that fact with his new drop, "Fire," which sees him team up with Detroit producer Motorcity Mello to create a sound that's meant to represent Africans living in America.


Obie and Motorcity Mello mention that they drew on inspiration from a wide range of artists like Brenda Fassie, Fela Kuti, Wizkid, J Hus, and Red Hot Chili Peppers for this new track.

"Fire" plays like an addictive blend of afrobeats, rap, and dancehall elements—the perfect soundtrack to the forthcoming summer days and nights.

"Honestly I was just having fun in the studio freestyling to dance floor vibes when I got to thinking about situations we put ourselves in during the heat of the moment," Obie Iyoha tells OkayAfrica about the inspiration behind the track.

"We've all played with Fire before per se especially when the opposite sex is involved. Basically this is a track about being torn between living in the moment because you won't live forever, and the foreshadowing consequences of tomorrow."

Get into "Fire" below.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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