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Watch Nigerian Afropop star Omah Lay’s Tiny Desk concert

We are sure Omah Lay will have better moments than this.

If you’ve been following the Afrobeats trail since its global explosion in 2020, there’s a chance you’ve watched Omah Lay’s stripped-down performances of ‘Bad Influence’, ‘I’m A Mess’, and ‘Soso’ on NPR’s Tiny Desk already. If you weren’t amongst the first 140,000 people to have the at-home experience, we enjoyed his episode of Tiny Desk. We’ve seen the criticism online about his vocals, and this is what we’re going to say:


It isn’t easy to sing for people in intimate spaces when your first single as a producer-turned-singer debuted in 2019, and in 2022, he collaborated with Justin Bieber for ‘Attention’.

Written by Richardine Bartee

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