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Watch Ayo's Beautiful Love Letter to "African Paris" in 'Paname'

Ayo shares the music video for "Paname," a beautiful and striking dedication to the "African and Jamaican" Paris she lived in for 10 years.

Nigerian-rooted, German singer Ayo is readying the release of her eponymous fifth studio album this year.

Today, the songwriter is sharing the love song and music video for "Paname," a beautiful and striking dedication to the "African and Jamaican" Paris she lived in for 10 years.

The song's titled after the gypsy name for Paris (Paname), an influence from Ayo's Romani gypsy mother.

"I got my musical wings in Paris," says Ayo. "It was the first time I could sit down with my guitar and people would be quiet and really listen to me. It was the beginning for everything."

 

"It's about my Paris—not the Champs-Élysées part that is very rich. My Paris is when you know what it's like to jump the fence at the Metro. My Paris is rich in African and Jamaican culture. My favorite part, musically, is the accordion sound I played on it."

Watch Ayo's music video for "Paname," which we're premiering here today, above.

Pre-orders for her upcoming album, Ayo, are available September 7. 

 

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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