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BTS at "Drop Money" Shoot. Photo courtesy of Asante.

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.


"For the "drop money" music video, I worked with my go-to camera guru Cylent again... after seeing how well Run You Mad's music video was received," Asante writes to OkayAfrica. "I knew I wanted to highlight the growing African/Caribbean scene here in Detroit in it, so we shot some of it at a Jerk X Jollof party... an event brand I did creative strategy for [that's] become the premiere African/Caribbean experience in the city."

"We wanted the visual for "drop money" to be super energetic/dance oriented, so I gathered some of Detroit's best afrobeat dancers for a shoot. Uncle Azeez, Zawadi, Odili, Ifasooto,Pillah, Jide, Rika, and Francis have all been killin' it here in Detroit at the Jerk X Jollof events, so I had to give them a chance to represent!"

Watch the brand new "Drop Money" video below and stream Asante's sleek boy EP underneath and across all platforms here.


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You Need to Watch C Natty's New Music Video For 'Ojah'

Video Premiere: Check out the striking first release from Mr Eazi's #emPawa30.

C Natty arrives in style with his new single "Ojah."

The track, which is the first release from Mr Eazi's new group of #emPawa30 artists, sees the Nigerian artist delivering a highly-infectious and grooving concoction over jazz-leaning afrobeats produced by Killertunes.

The new music video for "Ojah," which we're premiering here today, is equally as stunning and follows the story of someone who doesn't take others' advice. C Natty told us the following about the DK of Priorgold Pictures-directed video:

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Watch Our Premiere of Asante's New Visual for 'Run You Mad'

Featuring Charlie G and dancers Odili & Uche in a boxing gym and the desert.

Detroit-based, Ghanaian-rooted artist Asante is readying the release of his upcoming EP, sleek boy, which is coming in August.

Just last week, we premiered the first single off that EP, "Run You Mad," which features Asante linking up with producer Sango for a "song about knowing the damage you could do to someone in a relationship you're unfit for when the other person wants it," as he told us back then.

We now get the brand new music video for "Run You Mad," which was shot at across Los Angeles and Detroit, and was directed by Cylent.

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South African Hip-Hop Producers Tweezy and Gemini Major Set for Instagram Live Beat Battle

Two of South Africa's hip-hop super producers Tweezy and Gemini Major will face-off in upcoming Instagram live beat battle.

After Instagram live beat battles such as Swizz Beatz versus Timbaland and Mannie Fresh versus Scott Storch amid the lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it was only a matter of time until the hip-hop community across the world followed suit.

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Image courtesy of Adekunle Adeleke

Spotlight: Adekunle Adeleke Creates Digital Surrealist Paintings That Celebrate African Beauty

Get familiar with the work of Nigerian visual artist Adekunle Adeleke.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight Adekunle Adeleke, a Nigerian visual artist, using digital mediums to paint dream-like portraits of Africans. Read more about the inspirations behind his work below, and check out some of his stunning paintings underneath. Be sure to keep up with the artist on Instagram and Facebook.

Can you tell us more about your background and when you first started painting?

I am a self taught artist. I started drawing from when I was really young. I mostly used graphite pencils and paper. But about six years ago, I think it was 2014, I wanted to start getting into color. I was a university student at the time and I lived in a hostel with three other people, so I couldn't go traditional so [instead], I started making paintings digitally, first on my iPad and then on my laptop with a Wacom. I have been painting ever since.

What would you say are the central themes in your work?

I personally think my work celebrates beauty (African beauty to be precise) and occasionally absurd things. I really just want to make paintings that are beautiful.

How do you decide who or what you're going to paint?
I do not have an exact process. I do use a lot of references though. Sometimes, I had an idea of how exactly the painting would look, others I just make it up as i go along.

Can you talk about a particular moment or turning point in your life that made you want to pursue art or a creative path?

I am not sure–I did not actively pursue art in a sense. I was just doing it because it was fun and I wanted to. Then people all of a sudden wanted to put me on projects and offer to pay for my hobby. I have thankfully been able to make art and also work in a separate field—which I also enjoy–by day.

"Canary" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Hibiscus" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Chinua Achebe" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Noir" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Goldi Locks" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Wax" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Nest" by Adekunle Adeleke

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