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Listen to Our Premiere of Asante's New Single 'Run You Mad' (Prod. by Sango)

The new track sees Asante singing in Twi and English over a Sango-produced beat.

Asante is a Detroit-based, Ghanaian-rooted artist whose been circling on our radar for a minute. The artist is now preparing the release of his upcoming EP, sleek boy, due in August.

Today we're premiering the first single off that EP, "Run You Mad," which sees Asante linking up with one of our favorite producers Sango over synth arpeggios and head-nodding beat work.


"Run You Mad is a song about knowing the damage you could do to someone in a relationship you're unfit for when the other person wants it. There's some things that you need and some things that you don't need," Asante tells OkayAfrica.

"I had sent Sango some demos from the project & he shot me some ideas of his own. I heard the beat for Run You Mad while I was driving around Detroit & the hook instantly came to me—I tend to write most of my songs while driving around the city. The song features me singing in Twi and English—something I haven't done before—so I went into new territories with this song for sure."

The EP rollout will be paired with the 5-part documentary, ORIGINS, which depicts Asante's return to Ghana after 12 years of not visiting the country. You can watch the first episode, KIN, underneath. It follows the artist as he sees his grandparents again & interviews them about his choice of pursuing music.

Listen to our premiere of "Run You Mad," produced by Sango, below and watch the first episode of the documentary underneath.


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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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Asante's 'Drop Money' Is Your Weekend Soundtrack

Get into sleek boy, Asante's new afrobeats-meets-R&B EP.

Asante is a Detroit-based, Ghanaian-rooted artist who landed on our radar with the Sango-produced single "Run You Mad."

Asante is releasing his new sleek boy EP today and to mark the occasion he's dropping the video for "Drop Money," one of the new release's highlights that's tailor-made for the dance floor.

The song's music video, which we're premiering here, is a lively affair that features some of Detroit's best afrobeats dancers.

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This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Wizkid & More Bag NAACP Image Awards

Check out the full list of winners for this year's NAACP Image Awards.

The 51st NAACP Image Awards were held this past Saturday in Pasadena, California.

Naturally, the awards show pulled through and finally gave our fave Black performers the recognition they deserve for their outstanding performances last year.

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