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M.I Abaga talks about ‘God Energy’ album, inspirations and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio



M.I Abaga talks about 'God Energy' album, inspirations and more on Apple Music's Africa Now Radio

This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With M.I Abaga, 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 19th 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 rapper and producer M.I Abaga joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Bigger (feat. Olamide & Nas).” He also discusses his new album, ‘The Guy,’ his desire to share more of his  journey with the world, and what inspires him to keep going—the driving force he calls “God energy.”


Read Also: M.I Abaga Heralds Forthcoming Album With New Single “Daddy”

The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Zinoleesky & Tiwa Savage, Idahams & Ajebo Hustlers, Joeboy, Sam Deep feat. MaWhoo, and Cassper Nyovest & Mousse T.

Africa Rising
Botswana-born rapper WNDRSZN 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, “Malibu” and “Promised Land”. 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 stars Larry Gaaga, Jesse Jagz and Tega Starr and their single “Blessings,” from Apple Music’s Naija Hits playlist. Listen HERE.


Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday August 19th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

M.I Abaga on ‘The Guy’

There was a reflection about how far I’ve come, and how much as you go along, you learn to be yourself. Everyone knows M.I but there’s the guy behind M.I, and I think at this stage in my life I’m ready to show more of that, talk more about love and talking more about whatever challenges I face or whatever I’m going through because I feel like in the world right now people are just going through it.

It’s a hip-hop album, at times it feels like an Afrobeat album – that beautiful Afrobeat music that the world is getting used to – it has great features and I think I want people to feel good about themselves and remember who they are – the lion, the king, the god, that energy you had – we all have it inside us, and this album is a return to that.


M.I Abaga on his album’s God Energy


It’s everything – it’s that God energy, it’s love. When I talk about god energy, it’s strength, it’s power, it’s humility, it’s love, it’s self-care, it’s happiness, it’s joy, it’s freedom. It’s all of that. That’s what ‘The Guy’ is.

M.I Abaga on Staying Inspired


I’ll be honest, before this project I asked myself ‘is there anything more that I can give? Why am I doing this, is it ego?’, and the answer I came up with is that it would be great that if the whole world knew that in Africa there was legendary rapper that existed, someone who put the whole continent on his back, someone who’s been doing it. I think that’s the rest of the journey for me, letting everybody know.

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