This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Omah Lay, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!
Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, July 15th at 11a EAT/ 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1
Cover Star Interview
Nigerian megastar Omah Lay joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “I’m A Mess.” He also discusses the journey towards releasing his new album, ‘Boy Alone,’ and his organic approach to collaboration.
The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Bad Boy Timz, DJ Manzo SA, Fireboy DML & Asake, Adekunle Gold, and Citizen Deep feat. Nkosazana Daughter & Azana.
Nigerian Afropop singer-songwriter Crayon is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “Ijo (Laba Laba),” and his Mavins and Ayra Starr collab “Overloading (OVERDOSE) [feat. LADIPOE, Magixx & Boy Spyce].” Listen HERE.
Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Nigerian star CKay and his cross-continental amapiano collab, “WATAWI (feat. Davido, Focalistic & Abidoza),” from Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist. Listen HERE.
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday July 15th at 11a EAT/ 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow
Omah Lay on ‘Boy Alone’ album title
“Boy Alone” is my father’s name. It’s actually a nickname but that’s what I grew up hearing everybody call my dad. I grew up realising that my dad’s personality and everything that he used to be just reinforced, I find a lot of his traits around me.
This album is actually a dedication to my dad, and at the same time ‘Boy Alone’ means a lot of things. To me, it means uniqueness. To me, it means that nobody else is like you, everybody is themselves, nobody can do this thing the way you can do it.
Omah Lay on debut album ‘Boy Alone’
Everybody who already knows me already knows that my music is real, my music is me. I talk my story and that’s all I do. ‘Boy Alone’ is just a series of my stories, a series of things that have been happening with me in a couple of years.
I blew up in 2020… I started this whole thing in 2020 with my first project, and I also put out my second project that same year. Since then it’s been a couple of singles and a lot of struggles. Life is a struggle on its own, it’s been two whole years and a lot of experiences in my life. Every single experience that I had, every single way that I felt at some point, I kind of just put words into it and added melody on top of it. I made a song with it and compiled all those moments, all those feelings, all those experiences.
Omah Lay on lack of collaborations
One thing I really don’t like to do is chase down collaborations. You know it’s part of the life as an artist, as a musician who wants to grow and build something, but chasing down collaborations is really not my thing. Everything happens organically, I feel like my music is really my story, you feel me? I feel like there could be some misinterpretation with my story if the wrong person or somebody I don’t have a connection with is on a song with me. It could go wrong, so I’m really really careful with my collaborations and it’s something that is really deliberate.