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Runtown Teams Up With Alkaline and Walshy Fire on Feel-Good Anthem 'No Negative Vibes'

This one comes just in time for summer listening.

Nigerian artist Runtown links with Major Lazer's Walshy Fire and Jamaican dancehall artist Alkaline for the made-for-summer banger "No Negative Vibes."

The track, produced by Walshy Fire, is all about maintaining positive energy and living life to the fullest, as Runtown sings on the chorus an opening verse. Alkaline joins in with a melodic verse echoing the same sentiments sung in Patois.

READ: How Runtown Got His Groove Back

The accompanying music video, is a visual treat, shot by the renowned Nigerian director Meji Alabi. The nearly 4-and-a-half minute clip sees both Runtown and Alkaline head to Jamaica, where they enjoy time with friends, take in the vibrant energy on the streets and enjoy smoke sessions in the studio, all without any negative vibes to kill their upbeat moods.


Runtown, who dropped "No Permission" a memorable collaboration with Nasty C at the end of last year, is readying the release of his forthcoming EP "Tradition" which is due out at the end of the month.

The artist recently wrote an open-letter, published in The Guardian Nigeria, addressing the Nigerian government, and urging them to prioritize social progress.

Revisit OkayAfrica's profile on the artist from earlier this year, in which he discussed wanted to take the sounds of Nigeria to stadiums all over the world, and watch the music video for "No Negative Vibes" below.

Walshy Fire, Runtown & Alkaline - No Negative Vibes (Official Music Video) youtu.be


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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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