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Okayafrica & Okayplayer Present Saul Williams At Brooklyn Bowl [5/7]

Catch Saul Williams' MartyrLoserKingdom show at Brooklyn Bowl with Haleek Maul & Sons Of An Illustrious Father, plus stream his new single.


Okayafrica and Okayplayer are excited to present Saul Williams' upcoming Brooklyn Bowl show in support of his sixth, self-produced full-length MartyrLoserKing. Written and recorded across Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, New Orleans and New York, Saul Williams' upcoming LP is described as a multimedia work that presents a digital conversation between the First and Third Worlds, and their respective street sounds.

“In Senegal, I was buying iPhones for $20, Beats for $10, because they get all the influx from China, with no regulation,” Williams explains in a press statement. “So everyone’s online. Everyone’s high tech.” The poet and musician also cites Beyoncé, Fredo Santana and Haitian field recordings as some of the eclectic influences on MartyrLoserKing. 

Catch Saul Williams live at Brooklyn Bowl for his MartyrLoserKingdom concert alongside Haleek Maul and Sons Of An Illustrious Father on May 7. For a taste of what's to come check out his new single "Burundi," a song that focuses on the Southeast African nation's coltan trade & black market networks, below. Enter for a chance to win tickets to the show over at our Facebook page.

>>>Buy Tickets To Saul Williams, Sons Of An Illustrious Father & Haleek Maul at BK Bowl

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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