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Audio: Saadi and Bajah "Lights Up"

Boshra, the Syrian-born frontwoman behind Saadi, taps Sierra Leonian superstar Bajah to guest on her new single, "Lights Up"

Boshra, the Syrian-born frontwoman behind Saadi, has tapped Sierra Leonian superstar Bajah (from Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew) to guest on her newest single, "Lights Up." According to Saadi, "'Lights Up NYC" deals with the relationship every artist has with the struggle to live and create in NYC. It was inspired by Pupa Bajah's story of coming to New York with the Dry Eye Crew from Sierra Leone. The song came into being when Bajah and Boshra met at an Antibalas show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn and went back to the East Village, spending the rest of the night recording at the Village Riddim Factory (a.k.a. Boshra's tiny east village apt) and writing what would become Lights Up NYC." Check out the infectious electro-happy track below.


Saadi and Bajah - “Lights Up”

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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