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Birdman to Executive Produce Solomon Onita Jr.'s Nigerian Immigrant Drama 'Tazmanian Devil' with Benny Boom

The film, starring Abraham Attah of "Beasts of No Nation" and Adepero Oduye of "When They See Us" is currently in post-production.

Back in January, it was announced that Tazmanian Devil, Nigerian-American director Solomon Onita Jr.'s feature debut, is due to come to the big screen later this year.

In an update from a press release, we learn that Bryan 'Birdman' Williams of Cash Money Films will be teaming up with Benny Boom of Groundwurk Studios as the film's executive producers—financially backing the film as it's currently in post-production.


Both Birdman and Benny Boom have worked together since the early 2000s, creating music videos for the Hot Boyz, Juvenile, Big Tymers, Birdman himself and for Lil Wayne.

"I have been creating visuals for Cash Money artists for decades and I am excited about this next phase of our collaboration," Benny Boom says. "Bryan 'Birdman' Williams has supported me since my first years Directing and this joint venture is a natural business and creative transition--the first of many."

Birdman continues:

"I am honored to work with Benny; we share a great history in the music business over the past 20 years. Benny and I have often discussed making films together and this project presented us with the perfect opportunity to produce a great movie."

Tazmanian Devil follows Dayo, a 19-year-old Nigerian immigrant who moves to the US to live with his estranged father, who left his son and wife behind to pursue missionary work. The father and son struggle to bond, and they bump heads even more when Dayo begins the process of joining a college fraternity—forcing him to discover his own beliefs while being challenged by his strict and religious father.

"Essentially the film...is about choosing your own path, it's about identity and it's about culture clashes," he explains in BET's Project Cre8 contest.

Tazmanian Devil stars Ghanaian actor Abraham Attah (Beats Of No Nation), Adepero Oduye (When They See Us, Pariah) who will play Dayo's mother, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The Chi, Queen of Katwe), who will play his father, as well as Kwesi Boakye (Claws, Fight). The film was shot in Dallas, Texas.

TigerEye Films' Tricia Woodgett is the producer of the film, along with Gerald Rawles (Next Day Air) as the executive producer.

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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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