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This Animated Nigerian Music Video Is A Must-Watch

Olamide's new video for "Love No Go Die" is the perfect meeting of Nigerian music and 3D animation.

While the internet still buzzes to his new single, "Wo!!," Olamide has dropped another video for his latest joint, "Love No Go Die."


The video, which was produced by the YBNL Toons, begins with Olamide's 3D avatar, in his signature black shades, lovingly staring at a girl on a hospital bed.

The segment then cuts to better times—a flashback of the two animated characters playing video games. Their gaming session soon escalates as they start getting more intimate, while a larger-than-life portrait of Olamide hanging in the background looks on. There are levels to this thing.

As they're both asleep in bed,  Olamide's love interest receives an enigmatic text asking her to report to headquarters. She then gears up in full super spy attire and disappears into the night.  Olamide wakes up disoriented, to an empty bed.

He heads to the studio but can't concentrate, his mind replaying the times they were goofing off in the studio together.  He suddenly receives a text and storms out of the studio but not before playing a few keys on his synth.

Olamide suits up in a white suit jacket and black pants—because if you have to rescue the girl of your dream you might as well do it in style, right?

He pulls up to what appears to be a club in his orange sports car and, after negotiating entrance with the bouncer, starts playing poker with a local gangster.

In the midst of it, he dramatically drops his cards, dodges all the body guard, pulls a gun on the gangster and walks out with the girl of his dreams.

All-in-all this is a must-see meeting of animation and Nigerian pop music.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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