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Watch Rouge’s Flawless Feel Good Live Sessions Performance

The MC performs four songs from her debut album 'The New Era Sessions.'

South African rapper Rouge's episode of JR's Feel Good Live Sessions recently aired on MTV Base. And, if just like this writer, you don't own a TV set, you can now watch the episode on YouTube.


During her set, Rouge performs four songs from her debut album The New Era Sessions, which came out last year. The razor sharp MC displays impeccable breath control, unmatched stage presence and surefooted vocal projection, as she slices through songs like "Déjà vu," "Bongo Zaka," "Dololo," and what could be her best song to date, "No Pressure." She reveals the latter will be her next single.

She interacts with the crowd and her band seamlessly during her set, and her band sounds like money.

Rouge is one of the best performers in South African hip-hop—she always brings her A-game be it in a big festival like Back To The City or a small scale event like Koolin In The City. If you've never seen her live, this will be a treat for you. If you have, you know to expect a mind-blowing experience.

Watch Rouge's Feel Good Live Sessions set in its entirety below, and revisit our review of her album, The New Era Sessions here.

Interview

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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