Branko, The Ruffest, Zanillya & Capadose Are 'On Top' In A New Globe-Trotting Video

Watch Branko's video for his gqom-influenced single "On Top" with kwaito duo The Ruffest, Zanillya and Capadose.

"On Top" sees Buraka Som Sistema producer Branko collaborating with South African kwaito duo The Ruffest, Amsterdam singer Zanillya and Dutch producer Capadose on a gqom-influenced dance floor track about staying ahead of the rest. The song is the latest single from Branko's debut solo album Atlas and its new João Retorta-directed music video cycles through footage of Branko walking around Cape Town, New York, Amsterdan, Lisbon, New York, and São Paulo — the 5 cities in which he recorded his new LP.

In his Cape Town Photo Diary, Branko told Okayafrica about his recording time in South Africa, "The Ruffest came by the studio and we had a great session and, to make it even better, on Friday we organized for a vocal choir of about 12 girls and boys, led by Yolanda Fyrus, to stop by and add to the recordings... [I] feel like the gqom drum pattern was something that I ended up messing around with on a bunch of tracks like 'On Top.' "

Watch Branko's video for "On Top," featuring The Ruffest, Zanillya, and Capadose and stream Atlas (out now) in its entirety below.

News Brief
Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


Interview: Sincerely Ria Is Giving Guinean Fashion Its Flowers

And designer Mariama Diallo's NYFW debut celebrates the vibrancy and uniqueness of Guinea and its Fulani culture.