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Sierra Leonean Star Bajah Drops A Dancehall Riddim For Broken Hearts

In his new single “Breaking My Heart,” Bajah laments the role that technology’s playing in modern love.

Bajah. Photo by Vanessa Wruble.


Sierra Leonean star Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew) is an old school romantic. In his new single “Breaking My Heart,” the singer & rapper laments the role that technology’s playing in modern love.

The song, produced by the Brooklyn's Teleseen, pairs a 90s dancehall riddim and ‘afrobeats’ influences with Bajah’s West African delivery.

“Breaking My Heart is a song about missed connections in the digital age of romance,” Bajah tells Okayafrica. “Things can be misunderstood and we can just miss each other because of the way we are communicating… when you are traditional and romantic.”

“Sometimes that is not what is winning in the end and the nice guys and girls are having their hearts broken. The idea came in the studio when I was with Gabriel and Brooklyn Shanti, they had the same experience and it was the inspiration for the song,” the singer adds.

Stream and purchase “Breaking My Heart” below, out via Someplace Called Brooklyn. Vinyl 7”s are available here.

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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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