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Watch Fatoumata Diawara's Stunning Performance on A COLORS SHOW

The renowned Malian singer performed her song 'Nterini' complete with an unforgettable guitar solo.

Celebrated Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara is the latest artist to grace the YouTube-based performance series A COLORS SHOW.

The award-winning artist took to the color-coordinated set to perform her 2018 song "Nterini," from her Grammy-nominated album Fenfo, and her performance is striking in every way.

As usual, Diawara delivers powerhouse vocals in the Wassoulou tradition. To top it all off the singer treats viewers to a stellar guitar solo mid-performance. The nearly four-minute performance is stunning throughout.


READ: Fatoumata Diawara: "People Need an Example in Africa, Because Politicians Can't Be Our Example"

Diawara released several standout music videos last year, including "Bonya," as well as the music video for "Nterini." OkayAfrica spoke with the singer last June, in which she spoke about African unity and the political themes in her music. "People need an example in Africa, because politicians can't be our example," she said. "They have a different aim, which cannot be my generation's aim. For us, I think we can find a way, how to save this Africa. But we should find our own way. I think it's starting already, what's happening in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, all of Africa. Even in Ethiopia."

Colors Studio has released an impressive string of performances by African artists in the last month. Nigerian songstress Tiwa Savage appeared on the show just last week, while Nigerian "wonder kid" Rema graced the studio before then. British-Ghanaian artist Kojey Radical also delivered a memorable performance recently. Revist some other A COLORS SHOW performances here.

Watch Fatoumata Diawara's stunning performance below.

Fatoumata Diawara - Nterini | A COLORS SHOW 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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