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Video: OBC & Konkret 53 "African Soldiers"

Watch the Ouagadougou-shot music video for OBC & Konkret's "African Soldiers"

You don't need to speak French to feel "African Soldiers," the new track from OBC & Konkret. But before you can even read the subtitles, the beat will catch your attention. With its heavy bass, you can do nothing but nod your head. This video, filmed by Magee McIlvaine, was shot in multiple neighborhoods throughout Ouagadougou, exemplifying the different styles of the hardcore underground hip-hop scene in the tiny West African nation. Each verse was shot in that artists' respective neighborhood. And for all of you that might have gotten confused from the video - the A town down means Africa, not Atlanta.

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

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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