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Wizkid Gives Thanks In 'Amin'

Wizkid drops his latest single "Amin," a thanks-filled dance joint produced by Maleek Berry.


StarBoy Wizkid is on a prolific roll this year with the release of another single, "Amin"(Yoruba for 'amen'), this week. Teetering between a prayer and a freestyle, Wizzy gives thanks for his blessings in this latest track that boasts Yoruba slang and reggae elements added in by South London producer & songwriter Maleek Berry. The two came together awhile ago for the track, and while it didn't make the cut in his sophomore AYO (Joy) album, "Amin" doesn't stray far from the album's original concept of nostalgia and draws similarities to Wizkid's reflective "Ojuelegba" track.  The Nigerian prince of pop recently released visuals to "Ojuelegba" and is currently in the works with production duo Legundary Beatz  on the visuals for "Oje." For more more Wizkid, check out "Oh Baby" featuring Ghanaian songstress Efya, as well as previous Ayo singles including: “Jaiye Jaiye” featuring Femi Kuti,”Show You the Money,” “Joy,” and “Bombay.” Stream "Amin" below.

>>>Download: Wizkid "Amin" [Prod. by Maleek Berry]

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Interview: Wizkid on Pushing Nigerian Music Forward

In an exclusive interview with OkayAfrica, Wizkid talks about his new singles "Joro" & "Ghetto Love," reveals that he wanted to drop Made In Lagos on Nigerian Independence day, tells us about working with Beyoncé and more.

Wizkid's been revving up for the release of his long-awaited and much talked about album, Made In Lagos, a follow-up to 2017's Sounds From The Other Side.

While SFTOS could be viewed as a push into Western territories, one which saw the Nigerian superstar connecting with North American heavyweights like Drake, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign & Major Lazer (and capitalizing on the success of "One Dance"), Made In Lagos looks to be a return to Nigeria. Not that he's ever left.

In what, for his usual standards, has been a relatively quiet year, Wizkid has still remained a constant and large presence. 2019 saw the Nigerian artist break Spotify records, drop big collaborations like "Totori," "Dis Love," "I Like," and feature on "Brown Skin Girl," the standout song from Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift album.

Recently, he's dropped his first two solo singles of the year: the head-nodder "Ghetto Love," produced by Killertunes and Kel P, and the Northboi-produced "Joro."

We connected with Wizkid to chat about his new singles, his plans for Made In Lagos, the upcoming Starboyfest and much more. Read ahead below.

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Wizkid Drops New Single 'Joro'

Listen to the new Northboi-produced track and watch its accompanying music video.

Wizkid returns today on Nigerian Independence Day with the drop of a new single, "Joro." The new track sees the Nigerian superstar delivering his signature vocals over a head-nodding mid-tempo beat produced by Northboi.

The accompanying music video follows Wizkid and a companion as they dance across candle-lit rooms, hair salons and the streets of Lagos. It features actress/dancer Georgia Curtis.

"Joro" premiered on Ebro's Apple Music Beats 1 radio show. It follows the recent release of Starboy's first solo single of 2019, "Ghetto Love."

Earlier this year, Wizkid's kept busy with big features including ncluding "Brown Skin Girl" with Beyoncé on Lion King: The Gift, "I like" with Kojo Funds and "Dis Love" with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage,

Watch the new music video for "Joro" below.

For more of the latest afrobeats hits, follow our Afrobeats Party playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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In Conversation: Lemn Sissay On His New Book About Re-claiming the Ethiopian Heritage Stolen From Him by England’s Foster Care System

In 'My Name Is Why,' the 2019 PEN Pinter award winner passionately advocates for children in the institutional care system, and in turn tells a unique story of identity and the power in discovering one's heritage.

It took the author Lemn Sissay almost two decades to learn his real name. As an Ethiopian child growing up in England's care system, his cultural identity was systematically stripped from him at an early age. "For the first 18 years of my life I thought that my name was Norman," Sissay tells OkayAfrica. "I didn't meet a person of color until I was 10 years of age. I didn't know a person of color until I was 16. I didn't know I was Ethiopian until I was 16 years of age. They stole the memory of me from me. That is a land grab, you know? That is post-colonial, hallucinatory madness."

Sissay was not alone in this experience. As he notes in his powerful new memoir My Name Is Why, during the 1960s, tens of thousands of children in the UK were taken from their parents under dubious circumstances and put up for adoption. Sometimes, these placements were a matter of need, but other times, as was the case with Sissay, it was a result of the system preying on vulnerable parents. His case records, which he obtained in 2015 after a hardfought 30 year campaign, show that his mother was a victim of child "harvesting," in which young, single women were often forced into giving their children up for adoption before being sent back to their native countries. She tried to regain custody of young Sissay, but was unsuccessful.

Whether they end up in the foster system out of need or by mistake, Sissay says that most institutionalized children face the same fate of abuse under an inadequate and mismanaged system that fails to recognize their full humanity. For black children who are sent to white homes, it often means detachment from a culturally-sensitive environment. "There are too many brilliant people that I know who have been adopted by white parents for me to say that it just doesn't work," says Sissay. "But the problem is the amount of children that it doesn't work for."

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Check out Cameroonian Crooner Vagabon’s New Ode to Female Power

The singer dropped a video for new single "Every Woman" today, shot by fellow Cameroonian director Lino Asana.

Cameroonian-born singer-songwriter Laetitia Tamko, better known as her stage name Vagabon, has been spoiling us with delights as of late. First, the crooner teased us with two singles, "Flood" and "Water Me Down" from her forthcoming sophomore album, Vagabon, a work she wrote and produced herself. And today, she surprised us with a new single and video for "Every Woman"—a track Tamko claims is the "thesis of the album," as per a press statement reported by The Fader magazine

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