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Okayafrica TV: Sinkane at Cameo Gallery

Okayafrica TV caught up with Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane at his first ever live performance with his new band at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery.

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Okayafrica TV posted up at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery for Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane's first ever live performance with his new band. We caught up with Sinkane to talk about his family's move to America from Sudan on political exhile, his teen punk years, playing with Yeasayer, Of Montreal & Caribou and the influence of Sudanese music on his current songwriting. Catch Sinkane live at our Okayafrica Showcase with The Very Best at his August residency at Zebulon in Brooklyn. Also be sure to check out Ahmed's exclusive Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape.

Video shot by Yves Wilson, edited by Allison Swank.

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We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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