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Sauti Sol and This Kenyan High School Choir Made a Global Hit

Kenyan stars Sauti Sol enlist their old high school's choir to record the new music video for "Kuliko Jana."

Sauti Sol return to their old high school, Upper Hill School, in Nairobi to record the new music video for "Kuliko Jana."


Kenya's celebrated boy band released the black-and-white a capella video for "Kuliko Jana" less than a day ago and, since then, it's already racked up over 30,000 views.

The clip, which features Upper Hill School's Redfourth Chorus, has even moved the likes of Master P and Anthony Hamilton to post the video. Glee actress Amber Riley also lauded the song, "I don't understand what they are saying but I know it sounds beautiful.."

"Kuliko Jana," from Sauti Sol's Live and Die in Afrika album, speaks on the "steadfast love of the Lord," which is detailed more on the group's Instagram page.

The Upper Hill school choir (Redfourth Chorus) joins the band in the new video, which was filmed and directed by Timothy Mwaura and Joash Omondi (Fulfillment Limited).

Watch "Kuliko Jana" above and see Amber Riley's post below.

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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