Audio

Stream Nigerian Afrobeat/Hip-Hop Artist Kahli Abdu's 'The Grind Theory'

In 2005, Jos, Nigeria native Kahli Abdu had two choices - stay at home and continue his steady rise in the local hip-hop scene with his close friends Jesse Jagz and M.I., or move to the U.S. with his mother and siblings, his mother having just accepted a promotion with Voice of America. Kahli chose to stay with his family, moving to a suburb of Washington D.C., where the grind of working a 9-5 while trying to make a name for himself in the U.S. music industry could only be consoled by the ultimate prize: a U.S. Green card, which Kahli did eventually earn.  Kahli is currently back in Nigeria working on his next album, and spending a lot of time with his old friends who are doing very well for themselves. He also plans to release a “Fela mixtape” in the next month, in which every song will sample the late afrobeat legend. In "Dutty Collar," produced by Jesse Jagz, Kahli expresses his distaste for corporate America and the “9-5.”  Listen to and download Kahli's entire album, The Grind Theory.


Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Vinegar Pap Smear Saving Women’s Lives In Malawi

This simple diagnostic test is giving hope to thousands of women in Malawi.