Video

Watch Ghanaian Neo-Soulstress Efya’s Autobiographical Video For 'Life'

Ghanaian singer/songwriter Efya reveals the autobiographical video for "Life," the first single off her forthcoming album, 'Love Genesis.'


Words by Jacob Roberts-Mensah & Zach Weg

A few months after taking home her fourth "Best Female Vocal Performance" prize at the 2014 Ghana Music Awards, Ghanaian singer/songwriter Efya came through last week with a new video for "Life," her jazzy-chorded, rock-inspired single off her forthcoming debut album, Love Genesis. A passionate ode to music in which Efya recounts her journey thus far, the autobiographical piece from Ghanaian music video director Sonny Addo ("The Getaway," "Nowhere To Run") intercuts shots of the Accra-based neo-soulstress sitting in an empty movie theater watching footage from past concerts. "Life," produced by Possi Gee  and Nigerian Three Wise Men rapper Ikon, is one of Efya's most engaging performances yet, and its video is a powerful show of the song's anthemic nature. Watch it below.

Music

11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Watch YoungstaCPT's New Music Video for 'Kleurling'

YoungstaCPT explores, with great profundity, the complexity of Coloured identity and culture in his latest music video for 'Kleurling'.