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Listen to Sliqe’s New Album ‘Injayam, Vol. 2’

Stream Sliqe's new album.

South African hip-hop deejay Sliqe has finally released his sophomore album. Injayam, Vol. 2 is a sequel to his debut album Injayam, Vol. 1, which he released in 2016.


The new project features an array of talent, both established and up-and-coming. Heavyweights like Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, K.O, Emtee, Anatii and others appear on songs alongside the new wave of SA hip-hop, from Maglera Doe Boy to Nayle Ayla, The Big Hash and a whole lot more.

The single, the flawless collaboration between K.O and Emtee, "Injayam" appears on the project. The music video is currently playing on MTV Base and will be released online next week.

Just like most albums by deejays, the project brings listeners unpredictable collaborations. A great example is the aforementioned combination of Emtee and K.O. "Fresh Jig" is another interesting combo of artists with completely different styles—Champagne69, 25K and Maglera Doe Boy.

Injayam, Vol. 2 precedes the EP Navy Black, which the deejay and producer released in 2018. Sliqe has gifted the scene with a series of hits since around 2015, with singles like "Do Like I Do," "iLife" and "On it" among many others.

Listen to Injayam, Vol. 2 below:



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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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