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Listen to Our Premiere of Sirens of Lesbos' Fresh New Single 'We'll Be Fine'

"We'll Be Fine" will get you hooked to Sirens of Lesbos' eclectic music and good vibes.

Swiss born Sudanese-Eritrean sisters, Jasmina and Nabyla Serag, along with Arci Friede, Melvyn Buss and art director Denise Haeberli, are launching a diverse and fresh label named after their band, Sirens of Lesbos.

The group christens the label with its new single, "We'll Be Fine," a soulful melodic pop experience that incorporates reggae beats with compelling lyrics that will induce island feels.


"We'll Be Fine" art work.

As the Serag sisters put it, "We'll Be Fine' is a breakup story that will end happily—in this life or a next one. We tried to find a sound formula that would reflect that strange limbo state between sadness and confidence."

The group's sound is an infusion of '60s and '70s pop and soul, blues. The artists' backgrounds in hip-hop, pop, Caribbean, Ibiza, and Western music occasionally involuntarily bleeds into their music. The Serag sisters gave us insight to their creative process:

"We don't write and produce music with the idea of injecting our ethnic background into it—it can happen or not...the last thing we want to be is a cliché. It is a fact, however, that we are the children of Eritrean-Sudanese parents; we grew up listening to popular Afro-Arab music of the '50s, '60s and '70s...Their music was poetic, often sad but basically full of hope. This melodramatic vibe flowed into "We'll Be Fine" even though the musical references in the song recall more Caribbean and Western than East African sounds."

Sirens of Lesbos.

If "We'll Be Fine" is any indication for what's to come, we'll be keeping our eyes on future albums from the group.

"We'll Be Fine" will be launched with the label, June 4. You can listen to the premiere of the single below.

Interview

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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