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Cape Town Future Soul Singer OBie Mavuso Makes Her Stunning Boom-Bap Video Debut

Cape Town 'future soul' singer OBie Mavuso makes her stunning boom-bap debut with the music video for "Blessings Come, Blessings Go."


Eastern Cape-raised, Cape Town-based 'future soul' artist OBie Mavuso made her stunning music video debut back in November 2014. But at just over 1,000 views, the doomed love story clip for "Blessings Come, Blessings Go" has been largely slept on– and almost flew under our radar too. Luckily, OBie recently got in touch and put us on to her classic boom-bap lullaby. OBie, a 24-year-old filmmaker/musician who calls herself a "hip-hop soul singer," came up with the concept for the track's visuals and enlisted a team of City Varsity friends to help shoot it. "The song was inspired by a woman I was dating at the time," she told Okayafrica. "The video tells the story visually. There is a lot of imagery that describes the state of the relationship before it dies down, such as the rose which signifies passion, and blood which signifies death or danger. My love dies in the end, and that signifies the death of our relationship." OBie also tells us she recorded a few tracks last year, which she'll be releasing later on in 2015. Until then, watch "Blessings Come, Blessings Go" below. Follow OBie Mavuso on Twitter, FacebookSoundCloud, and Tumblr.

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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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