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Watch 2Baba and Tiwa Savage Perform Each Other's Songs In This 'XSwitch Challenge'

Check out these delightful covers from the Nigerian superstars.

Tiwa Savage and 2Baba are the latest pair of artists to take on one another's hits. The heavyweight Nigerian artists participated in an XSwitch Challenge, hosted by the Nigerian-based music streaming service uduX.

In two separate virtual sets, the singer's showed appreciation for each other's catalogs, with 2Baba performing Tiwa's "Lova Lova," and "All Over" (which he names as his favorite Savage track) as well as his own songs "For Instance," "Amaka" and more.


For her set, Savage sang 2Baba's "Ihe Neme," "Only Me," and "Be There" with the support of three back-up singers and a band. She also performs a rendition of Bob Marley and The Wailers' 1977 classic "Wait In Vain" towards the end of her performance.

It's a feel-good exchange between two of Nigeria's biggest artists and many online expressed their excitement over the performances as they watched.

Back in March Nigerian superstars Davido and Asa also participated in an XSwitch Challenge, performing covers of each other's biggest songs.

Check out both 2 Baba and Tiwa Savage's performances below.

XSwitch - 2Baba X TiwaSavage youtu.be


Tiwa Savage Ft 2baba - Our Love | Pizzy Vibes www.youtube.com



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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

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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