Blitz's Blog - Audio: African Reggae Fever (Remix) - Rocky Dawuni ft. Blitz the Amabssador

Blitz the Ambassador will be a regular contributing blogger on okayafrica!  Here's his first post, with much more to come:

A couple months ago I had the pleasure of being asked to feature on the remix to a song by an artist that has been big in Ghana since I was a kid. Rocky Dawuni is one of the biggest Reggae artist is in Ghana, and when he asked if I was interested in hoping on the remix to his latest single "African Reggae Fever," I jumped at the opportunity. It's always a pleasure to work with an artist who you grew up admiring. I hope you all like the track..The video above is of the original song. Listen, then download the remix below!



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In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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