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Members of Seba Kaapstad, Zoë Modiga and Ndumiso Manana. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Watch Seba Kaapstad’s New Music Video For Their Lovely Single ‘Don’t’

Seba Kaapstad release a new single to their upcoming album.

Zoë Modiga and Ndumiso Manana croon about the oxymoron that is life in Seba Kaapstad's latest single "Don't." The song is the crew's third single from their upcoming album Thina, which will be their first release under Mello Music Group.


Just as we've grown to expect from the versatile band, "Don't" meshes jazz, electronic music and soul, among other influences. The rich music on "Don't" leads with keys, which is a perfect backdrop for the group's vocalists to lament the beautiful struggle that is life with a refreshing optimism. As Manana sings in his verse:

"They say they say the say the say they say/ Words comin' at me every day/ It's difficult to live at my own pace/ Find my way within this maze/ I don't know what I'm doing/ I'm at that age though I'm movin'/ I'll get it right I promise/ Give me space/ I'll calm this noise and live in peace "

The song is the crew's third single from their upcoming album Thina, which will be their first release under Mello Music Group. A few months ago, they released the song "Breathe" to announce their signing to the US indie label. The jovial "Africa" followed.

From the aforementioned songs we've heard so far, it's clear Thina will be a gem, and will push South Africa's jazz scene forward, as the crew seems boundless in their approach to music.

Watch the music video for "Don't" below, and/or pre-order/pre-save Thina underneath.

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



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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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