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Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker. (Photo by Echoes/Redferns/Getty Images)

Remembering Ginger Baker's Afrobeat Collaborations With Fela Kuti

After Cream, Baker spent several years in the 1970s living and recording in Nigeria, most notably with Fela Kuti.

Ginger Baker, pioneer British rock drummer and co-founder of the band Cream, passed away yesterday. He was 80-years-old.

"Baker had been suffering from myriad ailments, including chronic respiratory illness and osteoarthritis," Okayplayer reports. "On September 25th, his family asked fans to keep Baker in their prayers, as he'd reached a critical point that warranted hospitalization. And [Sunday] morning, they informed fans on Facebook the drummer had 'passed away peacefully.'"

Baker was well-known across the world for his work with Cream, the group he formed alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce.

Once Cream disbanded—and short stints with projects like Blind Faith and Ginger Baker's Air Force—the drummer turned his attention to Africa, eventually building a recording studio in Lagos, Nigeria.

The documentary, Ginger Baker in Africa, follows him as he traveled by Range Rover from Algeria to Nigeria, across the Sahara Desert. Once he reached Lagos, he started setting up the studio. Though it took some times to figure out, and several setbacks, Batakota (ARC) studios finally opened at the end of January 1973.

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Wizkid. Image courtesy of the artist.

Interview: Wizkid on Pushing Nigerian Music Forward

In an exclusive interview with OkayAfrica, Wizkid talks about his new singles "Joro" & "Ghetto Love," reveals that he wanted to drop Made In Lagos on Nigerian Independence day, tells us about working with Beyoncé and more.

Wizkid's been revving up for the release of his long-awaited and much talked about album, Made In Lagos, a follow-up to 2017's Sounds From The Other Side.

While SFTOS could be viewed as a push into Western territories, one which saw the Nigerian superstar connecting with North American heavyweights like Drake, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign & Major Lazer (and capitalizing on the success of "One Dance"), Made In Lagos looks to be a return to Nigeria. Not that he's ever left.

In what, for his usual standards, has been a relatively quiet year, Wizkid has still remained a constant and large presence. 2019 saw the Nigerian artist break Spotify records, drop big collaborations like "Totori," "Dis Love," "I Like," and feature on "Brown Skin Girl," the standout song from Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift album.

Recently, he's dropped his first two solo singles of the year: the head-nodder "Ghetto Love," produced by Killertunes and Kel P, and the Northboi-produced "Joro."

We connected with Wizkid to chat about his new singles, his plans for Made In Lagos, the upcoming Starboyfest and much more. Read ahead below.

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Watch Blaqbonez' New Music Video For 'Shut Up'

A new single from the self-appointed Best Rapper in Africa.

Nigerian rapper Blaqbonez—whose debut album, Bad Boy Blaq, we dubbed one of last year's most accomplished releases—comes through with his new single, "Shut Up."

The new single is a strong dose of braggadocious rhymes from the 100 Crowns and Chocolate City rapper, all laid over a head-nodding beat by Tempoe that straddles dancehall and afro-fusion influences.

The boastful track can only be expected from a rapper who has been the subject of a lot of talk for his self-appointed Best Rapper in Africa title. The rapper, who's also known for his use of funny clips to promote his music, literally took to the streets of Lagos to promote this new single.

"Shut Up" comes ahead of Blaqbonez' upcoming Mr Boombastic EP, which is set to drop in October. You can revisit his addictive debut album Bad Boy Blaq here and his more recent music video for "Mamiwota" with Oxlade.

Get into the new single, "Shut Up," below.

Update 9/24/19: Watch Blaqbonez' new music video for "Shut Up." It was directed by TG Omori and features some eye-catching scenes of the rapper performing on top of a moving car and of his crew riding motorcycles in dresses. Check it out below.

For more Nigerian music, follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Watch Burna Boy and Jorja Smith's New Music Video For 'Gum Body'

A new Meji Alabi-directed video for one of the many highlights from 'African Giant.'

Burna Boy continues his victory lap around African Giant with the release of his new music video for "Gum Body," featuring Jorja Smith.

The new Meji Alabi-directed video follows the Nigerian star and Jorja Smith as they play out a courtship, of sorts, in a dark apartment with plenty of Hennessy. The two buzzing acts have been collaborating a bit together, as Burna Boy recently joined Jorja for her single "Be Honest."

Watch Burna Boy Play a Live Rendition of "Anybody" For 'okay acoustics'

"Gum Body" is one of the many highlights from Burna Boy's latest album, African Giant, which sees the buzzing Nigerian artist delivering several addictive shades of his signature afro-fusion sound, as he blends in influences from afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop, RnB and more.

Previous to this single, Burna Boy had shared the video for another album favorite, "Pull Up."

Watch the new music video for "Gum Body" below.

Read: Here Are All the Samples in Burna Boy's 'African Giant'

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