Popular
Cover art for "Killi Mi" courtesy of the artist.

Cina Soul’s New Track ‘Killi Mi’ Offers a Bold Take on Domestic Violence

The Ghanaian singer uses her voice and lyrics to paint a picture of the vicious cycle of abuse.

23-year-old Ghanaian singer Cina Soul has delivered a powerful track that addresses gender based violence and the various abuses women face. The track, called "Killi Mi," is generating a lot of responses and love on Twitter, with many in awe of the emotion they feel from the 2019 Ghanaian female vocalist of the year nominee.


The song, sung in mostly in her native Ga, touches on one of the difficult parts of abuse—the inability to find help and the difficult cycle many victims find themselves in. The character in the song goes to her mother but cannot find solace, she questions why her partner would beat her when she does what he asks and she frames all with the quintessential choral line "dey killi me." Many victims in abusive relationships report not being able to gain support from their family members or friends, often forcing them to doubt themselves and stay in the relationship—convincing themselves it is also for love and sometimes becoming abusive themselves.

In true protest song form, the strength of the lyrics come packaged in beautifully composed instrumentals. The song, produced by NiiQuaye, has a slow island vibe complete with a strong brass section. While the percussion and guitar has an upbeat and rhythmic feel, the horns showcase the melancholy and despair that the singer is conveying, starting high and ending low. It's a soul-stirring song that is making many stop and think. The visuals for the video, directed by Gene Adu, were released regionally today and included a flip on the narrative—stay tuned for a global release.

In the meantime, stream the song below and check some reactions on twitter.








News Brief
Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images

Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.