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Video Premiere: Chimurenga Renaissance [Baba Maraire] 'Boom'

Watch a Harare-shot video for Shabazz Palace member Baba Maraire's outspoken love letter to Zimbabwe "Boom."


"Boom" is the first single from Chimurenga Renaissance, a Zimbabwean-centered project from Baba Maraire of Shabazz Palaces. The track's infectious, uplifting beat encapsulates an outspoken and charged love letter from Maraire towards his home nation — one charged with laments on the West co-opting Zimbabwean music and the plundering of lands by Cecil Rhodes. Maraire doesn't shy away from a strong viewpoint on Western wrongdoings (past and present), but he holds on to a message of hope for his native Zimbabwe. Watch the Harare-shot video for "Boom" below and find it on Pungwe LP. For more from the project check out Chief Boima's Pungwe mixtape and the anti-Rhodes visual for "RhodZi." Also, see our Okayafrica TV interview with Baba Maraire.

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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