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Get to Know: Oga’Silachi, Afrobeats’ Future Pied Piper

SOUNDS LIKE

A gamut of contemporary R&B singers from The Dream to the Weeknd and Drake (ha!) very clearly influence Oga’Silachi’s vocal arrangements as does the increasingly popular brand of Nigerian afro-pop. If Wizkid wrote better songs he might sound like this kid.

THE LOW-DOWN

New York-based Oga’Silachi (a.k.a Uwaoma-Silachi Nwogwugwu) is by his own admission a singer/songwriter first and most at ease behind the boards. As one half of an artist duo called Nuzzcrew, he’s looking to blaze a new trail with his Afrobeats and R&B fusion.

THE VERDICT

It’s no secret that R&B remains one of the trickiest American music genres to believably reinterpret with an African accent. Oga’Silachi, it seems, has found a formula that works so well, with any luck we will soon see the Afrobeats movement which has largely prevailed between the UK and Africa now take a firm hold in the States with him at the helm.

THE TAKE-AWAY

Watch Oga’Silachi’s debut official video for Leona, a song about finding love in unlikely places.

Here he puts a twist on Afrobeats’ 2015 song of the year with a title you should be familiar with.

His bold update of Bunny Mack’s classic My Sweetie comes 100% AFRIPOP! approved.

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