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Sauti Sol Celebrate 'Melanin' In Their Stunning New Video With Patoranking

Kenyan afro-pop stars Sauti Sol team up with Patoranking to give us "Melanin," the lead single from their forthcoming LP.

Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol are turning up the heat with the announcement and release of the debut single from their forthcoming collaboration album, Afrikan Sauce.

For its first single, the boys of Sauti Sol team up with popular Nigerian artist Patoranking to give us "Melanin," a song celebrating women of color. With a blend of their prevailing afro-pop style and Patoranking's dancehall-like delivery, this collaboration proves to be sensational.

Accompanying the single is a brand new music video which was shot and directed by Clarence Peters in Lagos. The colorful and tropical video features many shots of stunning dark skin women along with vibrant dance and performance scenes.

The Afrikan Sauce LP will be a continuation of their successful third album, Live and Die in Afrika, which was released in 2015. The band is calling the project an "art and cultural exchange," which will feature collaborations with big names from across Africa. They also announced plans to drop a new collaborative track off the new album each month for the next twelve months.

Seeing as the new single is already a banger, we can't wait to see what else is in store from the band.

Check out "Melanin" below.

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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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