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Here’s An Exclusive Stream of Seba Kaapstad’s Mello Music Group Debut Album ‘Thina’

Listen to Seba Kaapstad's new album 'Thina.'

South African jazz and neo soul group Seba Kaapstad signed to Mello Music Group earlier this year. Today, you can stream Thina, their first album under the popular indie label, which is home to the likes of Oddissee, Apollo Brown, Quelle Chris, Kool Keith and a lot more.


Thina is, as expected, a diverse album that meshes the crew's influences—jazz, R&B, electronic, neo soul and hip-hop. The themes explored lyrically are just as diverse as the music. Included in the album are the two video singles "Africa" and "Don't."

Seba Kaapstad - "Don't" | Official Video www.youtube.com

The crew had this to say about releasing the album:

"After an incredible time writing and producing the album Thina, it feels just amazing to be able to share it with the world. We believe that this new sound hasn't really been heard before. A new sound trying to combine cultures literally from different parts of the world. Now we can't wait to get out and let people hear it live too."

Seba Kaapstad members Philip Scheibel (Pheel), Ndumiso Manana, Sebastian Schuster (Seba) and Zoë Modiga hail from South Africa, Swaziland and Germany, and released their debut album Tagore's in 2016.

Thina will be officially live on streaming sites and online stores on May 17.

Listen to Thina below and pre-order/pre-save underneath:




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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

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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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