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Stream The 'Finding Fela' Soundtrack

Stream the new soundtrack for the Fela Kuti documentary 'Finding Fela.'


Finding Fela, the new Fela Kuti documentary from Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney, begins its North American theatrical run on August 1st. To celebrate we've been finding Fela in our Okayafrica archives this week with a look back at our favorite Fela-related videos, galleries, remixes, interviews and much more. So far we've dug up interviews with Questlove and TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, the Best Fela Kuti Mashups, and our favorite videos from Red Hot + FELA. Today we have something brand new in store.

Knitting Factory Records is gearing up to release the official Finding Fela soundtrack next week. The soundtrack to the film includes 17 classic Fela tracks plus a never-before released live version of “Colonial Mentality” recorded at the New Afrika Shine featuring Femi Kuti joining the Fela! musical cast and band in a historic encore to the performance of Fela for Kalakuta. This morning the folks at A.V. Club premiered an advanced stream, which you can listen to in full below. Finding Fela: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is due out July 29th via KFR. Grab a pre-order here.

Finding Fela: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Tracklist

1. Jeun Ko Ku (Chop 'n Quench)

2. Opposite People (edit)

3. Highlife Time

4. Lover

5. Viva Nigeria

6. Upside Down (edit)

7. Egbe Mi O (Carry Me I Want To Die)

8. Johnny Just Drop (edit)

9. VIP (Part 2 Live In Berlin)

10. Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (edit)

11. Go Slow (edit)

12. Zombie

13. Power Show (edit)

14. Beasts of No Nation (edit)

15. Shuffering and Shmiling (edit)

16. Colonial Mentality (Live at the New Afrika Shrine)

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Finding Fela North American Theatrical Dates

New York, NY, IFC Center (August 1-7)

Denver, CO, Landmark Chez Artiste (August 8-14)

Washington, DC, Landmark E Street Cinema (August 8-14)

Vineyard Haven, MA, Martha's Vineyard Film Society (8/8-8/10 & 8/15-8/17 ONLY)

Santa Fe, NM, The Screen (August 8-14)

Berkeley, CA, Landmark Shattuck Cinemas (August 15-21)

Los Angeles, CA, Landmark Nuart Theatre (August 15-21)

San Diego, CA, Landmark Ken Cinema (August 15-21)

San Francisco, CA, Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema (August 15-21)

Atlanta, GA, Landmark Midtown Art Cinema (August 15-21)

Boston, MA, Landmark Kendall Square Cinema (August 15-21)

Philadelphia, PA, Landmark Ritz at the Bourse (August 15-21)

Nashville, TN, Belcourt Theatre (August 15-21)

Minneapolis, MN, Landmark Lagoon Cinema (August 22-28)

Albuquerque, NM, Guild Cinema (August 22-25)

Columbus, OH, Gateway Film Center (August 22-28)

Oklahoma City, OK, Oklahoma City Museum of Art (August 29-30)

Houston, TX, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (August 29 - September 4)

Seattle, WA, Landmark Varsity Theatre (August 29 - September 4)

Montreal, QC, POP Montreal (September 19)

Memphis, TN, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (October 23)

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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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