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You're Going To Have This UK Afrobeats Track On Repeat

SmartBeatz and Yemi Rush link up for the addictive "Tell Me."

London-based producer SmartBeatz is readying the drop of his debut mixtape, Certified, which is set to feature several of the main names coming out of the UK Afrobeats wave.

For his latest single, "Tell Me," he connects with singer Yemi Rush, who's been buzzing in the scene for tracks like "Kill Me" and "Do Me Right" with Moelogo.


"Tell Me" is a solid tune that blends live bass and synth instrumentation with SmartBeatz' smooth production work. The song follows both artists singing about a girl that's hard to get.

"This is the first track on my Certified project, and it sets the tone," SmartBeatz mentions. "It's also the first time I've worked with Yemi Rush. Before I produced the track, I listened to all his previous music, to understand his flow and style of music. I really like what he does, his songs have loads of melody, which I like, and it's been a joy to produce this tune for him."

Listen to our premiere of "Tell Me" below.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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