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Omah Lay of Afrobeats: I try to put a smile on people’s faces

One of Afrobeat’s rising stars, Omah Lay, has told BBC News why he is abandoning politics, in his music and focusing on his own experiences.

“There’s so much to cry about, there’s so much to be angry about, especially as a black person, especially as a boy from Africa, from Nigeria,” he told Sarah Montague of the Hardtalk program.

“I just want people to feel better. I do not want to remind them of their problems.”

Afrobeats emerged from Afrobeat political music – pioneered by legendary Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti as a way to tackle social change.

Watch the full interview on Tuesday 19 July on BBC World News, or watch it again BBC iPlayer (UK only).

Omah Lay of Afrobeats: I try to put a smile on people’s faces

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