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Young Fathers Beat FKA Twigs & Damon Albarn To Win The 2014 Mercury Prize

Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers have won the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for the year's best British or Irish record.


Perhaps it's premature to start talking year-end lists. But nonetheless, Scottish / Liberian / Nigerian trio Young Fathers are undoubtedly an early frontrunner for our top album selection with their earth-rattling proper LP debut, DEAD (via Anticon/Big Dada). In the midst of having their breakthrough year (which includes making their US late night debut on Kimmel, a massive worldwide tour, and jumping on an official remix with trip hop godfather Tricky), Young Fathers were announced today as the recipients of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months. The trio beat out releases from FKA Twigs, East India Youth, Bombay Bicycle Club, Anna Calvi, GoGo Penguin, Nick Mulvey, Jungle, Damon Albarn, Polar Bear, Kate Tempest, and Royal Blood; and, according to BBC, at 2,386 copies sold it was the second lowest selling album on the shortlist.

Back in March we caught up with Young Fathers at SXSW, where Alloysious, Kayus and G brought their ritualistic live performance to the Okayplayer showcase. Watch the guys talk about their African lineage, the special touch on their music videos, and their original sound in the Okayafrica TV episode below.

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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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