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Watch Baloji's Debut Short Film 'Kaniama Show'

"A fictional satire about the collusion of State and media powers in an unidentified African country."

Baloji is a leading force in his space.

For years, the Congolese-Belgian artist has paired his unique blend of soukous, hip-hop and pop elements with sharp critiques about the power that governments, industries and technology have over societies—particularly across Africa.

Recently, Baloji release his latest album, 137 Kaniama, a 12-song record which offered potent commentary on, among other issues, how today's cellphone culture is making all of us zombies. That album is going to be re-released its originally-intended form of a one-track single as Kaniama: The Yellow Version tomorrow.

The new release is paired with a 22-minute short film that takes a satirical look at the shady ties between state and media with the backdrop of a '70s Soul Train-esque TV show.


"My first short film, Kaniama Show, [is] a fictional satire about the collusion of State and media powers in an unidentified African country," Baloji tells OkayAfrica. "The film is built as a Sunday afternoon variety show, with a set stuck in the 70s that underscores an unwillingness to change. The cast includes Eriq Ebouaney (Raoul Peck's Lumumba), Bwanga Pilipili, Martha Daro Canga, and Eric Kabongo."

"Kaniama Show received numerous awards at festivals despite its unusual and disconcerting form. It is a great pleasure to finally bring this film to a wider audience," he continues. "On May 3 the album Kaniama: The Yellow Version comes out on Bella Union, released in its original concept form as a long-play single track. It is an album that unfolds throughout 72 minutes, with two unreleased bonus remixes (feat. Poison Mobutu, Gael Faye)."

Watch our premiere of Baloji's Kaniama Show short film below and check out some film stills underneath.

'Kaniama: The Yellow Version' is out tomorrow, May 3, on Bella Union.

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Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

Film stills. Photo: Yaqine Hamzaoui.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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