Audio

Listen to Olamide's New Song 'Spirit'

A new low-tempo groove from the Nigerian heavyweight.

Nigerian star Olamide comes through with his latest single, "Spirit."

The new track sees the rapper switching gears, this time offering up a more low-tempo groove than we're used to hearing from his singles.

In "Spirit," he links up with frequent collaborator and producer Pheelz over a relaxed afro-fusion beat as he sings, "I have refused to downgrade from god to human, spirit is high." The song is a noted change from Olamide's usual style, showing that the YBNL chief has quite the versatility in his arsenal and can deliver over a more afro-pop leaning tune.

"Spirit" follows noteworthy recent drops from the Nigerian heavyweight like the Killertunes-produced banger "Woske" and "Poverty Die."

The new single also comes paired with a dance video that follows several dancers as they do their own interpretation of the beat in a room filled with sage and changing lights.


Olamide's previous singles broke Google records in Nigeria last year. "Science Student" was the third most searched Nigerian song on google in 2018, while the his fiery single "Motigbona" came in fourth.

Watch the dance video for Olamide's "Spirit" below and listen to the song on iTunes/Apple Music and Spotify underneath.

Olamide - Spirit (Dance Video) youtu.be



Interview
Image supplied.

Interview: Focalistic’s Blend of Hip-Hop and Amapiano Is Working

South African rapper Focalistic doesn't fixate on genre. He wants you to know his music "is for South Africans, by South Africans that sound South African."

A few weeks before Focalistic's hit single "Ke Star" is announced to have gone gold (it has since gone platinum), a large group of school kids gather around the driver seat of the rapper's sporty BMW. "I realised that people really love him during the shoot of the 'Ke Star' music video," a passer-by says. "It was wild."

Just like today. The same group, which has now grown bigger, waits outside the spot where Focalistic will sit down for an interview. They each want a picture with one of the country's most promising rappers. They have to wait until he's done answering our questions. Asked if he enjoys being mobbed by fans, he says, "It's not like I like it. But it's something you get used to and you understand it. It's love, it's never to irritate."

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The African Union Condemns Violence Against #EndSARS Protesters in Nigeria

The African Union Commission chairperson has (finally) condemned the deadly violence against protesters calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. However, many feel the body's declaration is a little too late.