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Video: T-Roy ft. Wunmi "BoBo"

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Ghana born, London dwelling producer T-Roy is prepping Bush Meat, a project that fuses the foggy city's electronic prowess with African percussion and vocals. The album's lead single, "BoBo," features Afrotech songstress Wunmi delivering a combination of Yoruba hooks and pidgin rhymes. Peep the track's video clip above, shot on the streets of Accra.

Bush Meat boasts a laundry list of appearances by the likes of KUKU, Aero Manyelo, Wanlov the Kubolor, Voice, Heidi Vogel, and Bumi Thomas. But the best part about the project might be T-Roy's story behind its title:

I was in Ghana visiting family, and my uncle was driving in his 4x4 like an insane taxi driver. I was working on my portable drum programming box when he suddenly hit something and stopped the car. When he returned he had a big smile on his face and small animal in his hand boasting about cooking 'Bush Meat' when we get home. I instantly had my title. (ARISE)

T-Roy's Bush Meat will be available soon via Broadcite Productions.

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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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