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Watch Naira Marley's New Music Video for 'Tingasa,' Featuring C Blvck

The latest song from Nigerian artist Naira Marley is as infectious as ever.

Nigerian artist Naira Marley shares his latest music video for 'Tingasa,' the opening rack from his latest EP Lord of Lamba (LOL).

On the single—which also features his label mate C Blvk—Marley lays rapid and catchy lyrics in Pidgin and Yoruba over gritty dance production from star Nigerian producer Killertunes. The song is bold, energetic and features an infectious hook.

The hazy music video, directed by K Somto, takes place mostly in a car garage packed with luxury vehicles and motorbikes, as well as several members of the Marley's crew. They appear cool and collected as they dance along to the track's upbeat production.


Marley dropped the 6-track Lord of Lamba in December and it was met with stellar reviews from his many fans, commonly known as "Marlians." He dropped the music video for another of its standout tracks "Tesumole" the same month of its release.

His hit 2019 collaboration with fellow Nigerian artist Zlatan, "Am I a Yahoo Boy," made OkayAfrica's list of the "20 Best Nigerian Songs of 2019." But it's his hit "Soapy" from last August that has really captured people's imaginations. The video for Soapy, directed by star in his own right, TG Omori, has racked up over nine million views since it was uploaded. A rather simple concept, "Soapy" has Naira Marley in a minimalist jail setting going through the motions of jail life, fighting with the guards, talking to his mom through a glass window, dancing and, eventually, partying with his prison-mates including some women. Did they sneak in? Will "Tingasa" surpass "Soapy" in popularity? Despite some pretty impressive dancing, it's unlikely. But the song is still tight nonetheless.

Check out the music video for 'Tingasa' below.

"Tingasa" by Naira Marley and C Blvck youtu.be

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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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