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Fireboy DML talks about his changing sound and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Fireboy DML, 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, August 5th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian Afropop star Fireboy DML joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Ashawo.” He also discusses his new album, ‘Playboy,’ the evolution of his sound, and how Afrobeats continues to break boundaries.

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The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Mr Eazi, Lucasraps & Nasty C, Da Muziqal Chef & Murumba Pitch feat. De Mthuda & Sam Deep, Juls & Tay Iwar, and Carterefe & Berri-Tiga.

Africa Rising 
Nigerian soul singer-songwriter Tomi Owó 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 her singles, “Bird”, and “Beautiful.” 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 singer-songwriter Cheque and his single “Holy Gee,” from Apple Music’s Naija Hits playlist. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday August 5th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow  or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Fireboy DML on becoming a ‘Playboy’

I want to put out a disclaimer that it’s not the kind of playboy you think, or what everybody thinks… not a playboy that breaks your heart, this is just a young man that is starting to come out of his shell to play, express himself, have fun, to experience life, to step into his superstar element.

I’ve been shying away from it the past couple of years. The past three years of my career I’ve been a blown, established artist so I think it’s time for me to just step out and actually enjoy the fame that I’ve worked for over the past two years.

Fireboy DML on his changing sound

I’m just trying to take advantage of the momentum that afrobeats has right now, any artist that doesn’t take advantage of that is losing. I just want to grab it by the shoulders and go along, and I’m really glad for this new refreshing sound that I’ve found in the last couple of years.

You know, I thought I was gonna be stuck in that ‘Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps’, ‘Apollo’ era – reflective, introspective writing…

Ehiz: My brother you have money now! You’re living the life. You have to at some point, I get it with the retrospective point of view but you gotta tell us you’re popping bottles a little bit bro!

Exactly! I have to admit it to myself that I’m a superstar, and it took me a long time.

Fireboy DML on breaking boundaries for Afrobeats

I feel proud of myself, the feeling is pride in yourself but particularly in Afrobeats, in Africa and the Nigerian music scene. But we cannot, I cannot… not give accolades to the generations before mine. Afrobeats has always been about paving the way for the next generation after you, opening up doors. That’s how it’s always been and I feel like even we are breaking bigger doors, bigger boundaries for the generations after us. I just feel proud to be at the forefront of that crusade.

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