Dammy Krane Relives His Miami Arrest In the New Video For 'Prayer'

"Prayer" is based on Dammy Krane's Miami arrest after he allegedly booked a private charter jet in Miami with fraudulent credit cards.

“I was locked up 20 hours everyday, in jail for six days” says Dammy Krane of his arrest on fraud charges in June this year.

The singer, along with an associate, were reportedly arrested by the police before boarding a private charter jet in Miami, believed to have been booked with fraudulent credit cards.

News of the arrest made Krane the subject of much media discussion and derision in Nigeria, where he’s from and has a considerable fanbase from a career spanning eight years and including hits like “Amin”and “Faleela.”

Krane was arrested on a holiday night, and had to spend the entire weekend in jail until the next working day when formal attention could be paid to his case.

Alone in a jail for 20 hours a day, all he had for company was a Bible and his thoughts. He decided to write about the experience and so began piecing together words and melodies into a song he’s called “Prayer”—the video for which we're premiering as an OkayAfrica exclusive.

After posting a bond and pleading not guilty in court, his next move was to document his ordeal in a true artistic fashion “I got out at night, the next day I looked for a studio, paid for a session and just voiced what's on my mind.”

Krane sent the vocals to his long time producer Spellz, who made a track for it and sent it back to Krane, who liked what he heard and so asked him to finish producing the song as “it was already sounding mad.”

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On “Prayer” Krane tells of his ordeal singing “dem no know wetin my eye see for station,”  mentioning the support he has received “my family pray for me,” but also a lifestyle many have been quick to ridicule “private jet, Lagos to Miami”—all of which is sung in an impassioned voice that's often times brittle, specially when he harmonizes.

Director, Ola Faronbi, does a good job of depicting Krane’s ordeal with impressionism, except for the scenes in which the singer alights from a private jet, which Krane says he shot himself.

I ask if his time behind bars was the lowest he's been in his life, but he has little to say about it, choosing to be philosophical, “this is the fate of my life that takes me to the next stage. After something like this, it can only get bigger.”

“Bigger” may allude to his stature in music but in hearing him retell and relive the experience, “bigger” could also be an enlargement of his person and abilities.

He has begun learning how to produce records and has clear reasons why he's doing this as “it only makes me better. I’m a very melodious person and production is all about melodies. Everything i’m doing works with the production.”

All charges against Krane have now been dropped and he has since returned to Lagos where he has family, and is home to his grandma and father, admitting that “it's the best time to bond with the family.”

Time away from family is spent in the studio learning how to produce records and also recording new material with what sounds like renewed determination. “You record until you get that perfection,” he mentions.


Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kofi Annan, Has Died

The celebrated Ghanaian humanitarian and the first black African to serve as head of the UN, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

Kofi Annan, the seventh UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away on Saturday morning following a brief illness. "His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during the last days," read a family statement. He was 80.

Annan was the first black African to serve as head of the United Nations, holding the prestigious position from 1997 to 2006. He was lauded for his global humanitarian work, eventually earning Annan and the UN a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for "their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

Annan was head of the UN during the onslaught of the Iraq War, proving to be one of the most challenging global events to occur under his time as Secretary General and one of the most divisive of the early 21st century. "I think the worst moment of course was the Iraq war, which as an organization we couldn't stop—and I really did everything I can to try to see if we can stop it," he said in 2006.

Annan was also the founder of the Kofi Annan foundation and chairman of The Elders, an international humanitarian organization of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela.

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Janet Jackson Returns With Afrobeats-Inspired Song & Video 'Made For Now' Featuring Daddy Yankee

The icon's latest is a nod to the sound, fashion and culture of the diaspora.

Ms. Jackson is back.

The iconic artist returns with her first single since the release of her 2015 album Unbreakable, and it's a timely nod to the "made for now" influence of afrobeats fashion, sound and culture.

On "Made For Now," which features Puerto Rican reggaeton titan Daddy Yankee, Janet Jackson does what she's done successfully so many times throughout her decades-long career: provide an infectious, party-worthy tune that's fun and undeniably easy to dance to. "If you're living for the moment, don't stop," Jackson sings atop production which fuses dancehall, reggaeton and afrobeats.

The New York-shot music video is just as lively, filled with eye-catching diasporic influences, from the wax-print ensembles and beads both Janet and her dancers wear to the choreographed afrobeats-tinged dance numbers, which see the dancers hitting the Shoki at one point in the video. The train of dancers travel throughout the streets of Brooklyn, taking over apartment buildings and rooftops with spirited moves.

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You Need to Hear Juls' New Single 'Saa Ara'

New hip-hop and highlife grooves from the celebrated UK-based Ghanaian producer.

By merging the diverse influence of growing up in Accra and East London, Juls has managed to cultivate a hybrid afrobeats style that has set him apart from the rest.

For his latest single, "Saa Ara," he teams up with award-winning rapper Kwesi Arthur and gifted lyricist Akan.

The brilliant fusion of vintage highlife instrumentals and booming hip-hop beats, along with Kwesi Arthur's lively chorus and Akan's fiery delivery gives the song a very spiritual and classical feel.

Soothe your soul this weekend with these tasteful sounds from Juls.

Listen to "Saa Ara" by Juls featuring Kwesi Arthur and Akan below.

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