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Wale Shares Nostalgic New Song '09 Folarin'

The Nigerian-American rapper drops another single in the lead-up to his forthcoming album.

Nigerian-American rapper, Wale is currently readying the release of his sixth studio album by dropping a new song every week this month, which he announces through Twitter.

This week, the artist takes us back with his latest track "09 Wale," a jazzy, horn-filled tune, reminiscent of his early mixtape days. And much like his early days in the game, the rapper can be heard flexing his lyrical dexterity and swift flow.

Previously, the MC dropped the songs "Gemini" and "Daylight."


READ: Wale: "I Look at Myself as a Black Man in America, But as a Nigerian First"

Wale dropped his last album Shine in 2017, which featured the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Olamide and more. He also featured on South African artist Kwesta's memorable single "Spirit" the same year. In between he's dropped smaller projects, like the 2018 EP Free Lunch.

OkayAfrica spoke with the rapper last year, and he discussed his longevity in the rap game, his musical influences, working with fellow Nigerian artists and tapping into his culture. "As rappers, you are who you are. That's pretty much self-explanatory. Both my parents are Nigerian. I grew up in a household of Nigerian culture. I look at myself as a black man in America, but as a Nigerian first. 'Cause that's my blood, I'm 100% Nigerian."

Listen to "09 Folarin" below.

09 FOLARIN www.youtube.com


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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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