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Amaarae's New Music Video for 'Fluid' Is a Beautiful Masterpiece

The rising Ghanaian singer finally unveils the dreamy visuals from her debut EP, Passionfruit Summers.

Born in New York and raised across Accra, Atlanta and New Jersey, Ama Serwah Genfi, also known as Amaarae, is a 23-year-old singer, songwriter and producer with an atmospheric sound that's characterized by her alluring lyricism and vulnerable melodies.

The singer's debut project, Passionfruit Summers, was released on all platforms November of last year. The 6-track project is a luscious blend of electronic and soulful R&B and with it she proves to be one of the brightest stars from the new school of Ghanaian music.

If you have not already been seduced by the sweet and sultry vocals from her EP, then the new visual for her song "Fluid" will surely be enough to get you hooked.


Shot in Accra and directed by Fotombo , this music video is an aesthetically pleasing masterpiece. While these visuals are simple and straight-forward, the dynamic color palettes will have you transfixed as the R&B crooner relaxes in a milky bathtub filled with flowers.

Watch Amaarae's video for "Fluid" and listen to her full EP below.


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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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