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Sinkane 'How We Be' (Lexx Remix)

Listen to Swiss DJ Lexx's dub remix of Sinkane's 'How We Be,' off his forthcoming sophomore effort 'Mean Love.'


Photo by Philip Di Fiore

Sinkane (aka the solo project of Sudanese-born/Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab) is gearing up to release his sophomore effort Mean Love next month off DFA / City Slang. Gallab, who has most recently served as the musical director/bandleader of the excellent Atomic Bomb! supergroup tribute to the music of William Onyeabor, co-produced the new album along with his longtime collaborator and childhood friend Greg Lofaro. So far we've heard been treated to the silky smooth lead single "Hold Tight" and its follow-up "How We Be." The latter was recently remixed by Zürich's DJ Lexx, who adds a dubbed out groove to the airy original. Listen to the semi-tropical rework below. Mean Love arrives 9/2 on DFA Records in North America and City Slang worldwide. Catch Sinkane this Saturday, August 9th, at Okayafrica Presents Electrafrique NYC at the 303 at Louie & Chan along with hosts DJ Underdog and Cortega. Entry is free with RSVP.

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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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