popular

Here's a Ghanaian Hip-Hop Track For Staying On Your Grind

Kobi Onyame and Wanlov the Kubolor connect for "Still We Rise."

We've been following UK-based Ghanaian artist Kobi Onyame for minute now for his blend of West African influences with hip-hop.

In his new music video for "Still We Rise," which we're premiering here, Kobi links up another fellow Ghanaian, Wanlov the Kubolor of FOKN Bois fame, for a hazy trip through the mountains of Ghana.

Directed by both artists and captured by 6Miludo, the new video follows Kobi and Wanlov as they take a drive up the Aburi mountain in Ghana's Eastern Region.

"The inspiration behind the song was really recognising the ambition that I had within myself to achieve despite difficulties," mentions Kobi Onyame. "It's a universal concept. The song's actually pretty old but the message hasn't changed."

The track's a head-nodder highlighted by Kobi's heartfelt delivery and punctuated by Wanlov the Kubolor's incomparable, out-of-your-mind rapping style, which you can catch in the second verse.

"The first version was called 'We Rise' and it was actually Wanlov's verse that inspired adding the word 'Still" to the title," adds Kobi. "I decided to re work it with Wanlov for the new album. We've worked together before & love his authenticity. I think he was the perfect addition to the track & getting the message across to a people who recognise the chase for achievement and knowing that life's really a slow rise."

Watch our premiere of the music video for "Still We Rise" below. You can find the track on Kobi Onyame's Gold album.

popular
Photo courtesy of 1-54/SUTTON.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

Keep reading... Show less
popular

This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Video still via YouTube.

10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.