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You Need to See Koffee's Full Live Cover of Burna Boy's 'Ye'

The Jamaican artist delivered a memorable rendition of the popular Nigerian anthem on BBC's 1xtra Live Lounge.

Last week, budding Jamaican artist Koffee had the internet buzzing when she performed an impressive rendition of Burna Boy's 'Ye," also known as the Nigerian National Anthem, during her first ever London show.

Folks online responded excitedly to the 19-year-old singer's cover—it even got a cosign from Burna himself, who shouted the artist out in an Instagram post, and hinted at a possible collaboration in the near future.


Luckily, for those of us who weren't present to catch the full version of Koffee's cover, the singer took to 1xtra Live Lounge recently for an energetic set, that included her cover of "Ye."


In a commanding performance, the singer runs through the entire song, delivering the Pidgin and Yoruba lyrics with ease and adding more of the Patois flair apparent in Burna Boy's sound.

Koffee's EP "Rapture" is out now, and it's a must-listen, if you haven't already.

We're keeping our fingers crossed for a collab between the two artists soon, but for now check out Koffee's memorable cover of "Ye" below.

Koffee - Ye (Burna Boy cover) in the 1xtra Live Lounge www.youtube.com


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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.