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Catch the Opening of ‘Five/5ths: A TunnelVision Collective Presentation’ at Okay Space July 21st

Next week, Okayafrica and Okayplayer are teaming up with TunnelVision Gallery to host "FIVE/5THS: A TunnelVison Collective Presentation," at Okay Space

Next week, Okayafrica and Okayplayer are teaming up with TunnelVision Gallery to host "FIVE/5THS: A TunnelVison Collective Presentation," at Okay Space from July 21 to July 30.


FIVE/5THS—a collective of five contemporary artists—have come together to tell their story through an audio/visual exhibition that challenges the way we see and appreciate black art. Each of the five artists represents a “piece of the black mind”—together they reject the notion that blackness is fractioned.

Join us on Thursday, July 21, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. for the opening party with complimentary drinks and tunes by DJ Triptych all night!

Five/5ths Artists:

Geminelle

Sophia Dawson

Stephen Smallwarner

Dexter R. Jones

JD Malone

Join the Facebook event here.

RSVP here.

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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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