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7 African Sauce Brands That You Need to Try

Here are seven brands making the African sauces we love.

DIASPORA—If you're like us, then you craving African cuisine all the time. With so many unique delicacies to offer, there's no denying that our food is everything.


Up until recently, it was hard to get a taste of African food without relying on mom to make everything from scratch. But that's changing, as more and more black-owned brands are focusing on providing simple, ready-to-serve products that give us that authentic taste we're yearning for in a quick and easy way.

Below are seven brands making African sauces that are certainly worth trying if you're craving a taste of egusi, jollof, chili sauce and more.

2 Sisters Shitoh

This brand, owned by "two spicy sisters serving up slow-simmered hot sauce from Ghana," offers Ghanian shito in fun, ready-to-serve bottles. If you're in the mood for some "make your nose run" spiciness, be sure to try out 2 Sisters Shitoh. Visit their Instagram page to place an order.

Basbaas

Hawa Hassan created this line of Somali condiments in order to introduce the world to the flavors of her heritage. Basbass is named after the Somali word for chili. Hassan's line ranges from flavor-packed hot sauces to savory chutneys. You can order some of her products here.

Akabanga Rwandan Chili Oil

This popular chili oil, has made a millionaire out of its founder, Sina Gerard. The entrepreneur started selling food by the road and became known for his Akabanga "chili sauce." He's now the county's most well-known businessman. and hopes to transform Rwanda's agricultural sector. "My aim is to make sure Rwandan farmers, because they are rated at 90 percent, feel proud to be farmers," he told CNN. "I'm sure I'll achieve it because so far I have achieved a lot." Purchase the oil via the online store.

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Afro Fusion Cuisine

This line of West African and Jamaican inspired sauces is prepared by Wisconsin-based chef, Yollande Tchouapi Deacon, who also owns the Afro-Caribbean restaurant Irie Zulu. Their sauces include, "Jollof Tomato Herb Sauce," "M'Chuzi Peanut Coconut Curry Sauce" and " Mafe West African Peanut Sauce." You can purchase Afro Fusion Cuisine online, and in local spots in Chicago and Wisconsin.

Brother Bru Bru

California-based Bother Bru Bru began producing his line of Afrocentric, health-conscious hot sauces after being diagnosed with high blood pressure at the age of 50. "He was determined to put some joy back into his diet, so he started experimenting, researching, collecting and blending peppers and spices," reads his bio. He lists a number of health benefits associated with his hot sauces and has a pretty cool backstory as well: he played with Hugh Masekela and Olatunji among others before becoming a food connoisseur. His sauces pair well with almost any meal. Check here for information on where to purchase.

MaRobert's the Taste of Tanzania

This brand offering "the taste of Tanzania" was created by Tanzanian entrepreneur Maggie Mazoleka. Their product line includes medium hot, hot, and extra hot Pilli Pilli sauce, "fruity sauce," chili sauce and more, made with all-natural ingredients. You can purchase MaRobert's online via their website.

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Pepper & Stew

Though egusi stew is usually made from scratch, using a packet of melon seeds, this London-based line, created by Zimbabwean chef and blogger, Racquel Mafura-Roberts, offers the one-of-a-kind egusi sauce, pre-made and served in a bottle. If you're looking to experiment with new products and looking for a hassle-free way to do so, give Pepper & Stew a try. Also, try their jolly sauce and "South African Cape Malay Curry." You can buy their sauces, here.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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