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Azizaa Criticizes The Role Of Western Religion In Ghana In The Music Video For 'Black Magic Woman'

Ghanaian artist Azizaa and Wanlov of the FOKN Bois tackle issues of religion in Ghana with the new song and video for "Black Magic Woman."


Is Ghana too influenced by Western religion? Budding Ghanaian singer Azizaa and Wanlov the Kubulor of the rap outfit FOKN Bois would argue that it most certainly is. They tackle this "religion issue" in their new song and video "Black Magic Woman," a satirical offering in which the two openly critique Christianity, which they believe has a damaging, colonial clutch on many Ghanaians. "It is a perfect self-perpetuating system," says Wanlov, who directed the video, in a recent interview with the FADER. "They took away our spirituality and gave us religion; they banned us from gathering under a tree by the fireside and herded us into churches."

In the booming, percussion-laden track, Azizaa proudly declares herself a "black magic woman from the African jungle," and challenges monotheistic religious notions by referring to otherworldly entities and embracing ideas commonly associated with pre-colonial, Ghanaian spirituality. The accompanying music video begins with a young woman rejecting the propositions of two overbearing evangelists and joining Azizaa in a "juju" ceremony. The two enthusiastically deject the zealots in the same manner that many Ghanaians have cast down non-Western spiritual practices. Through this, the song raises questions regarding the willingness of some Africans to accept Western culture and religious practices over "traditional" customs. "How can anyone of African descent be worshiping the same tool used to uselessly murder their ancestors?" asks Azizaa. Watch below as Azizaa and Wanlov explore this question and more in the video for "Black Magic Woman."

 

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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