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FOKN Bois Announce the Release of Their New Album 'FOKN Ode to Ghana'

Ghanaian hip-hop duo FOKN Bois will drop their third studio album, 'FOKN Ode To Ghana,' this summer.

Ghanaian group FOKN Bois have announced the upcoming release of their third studio album, FOKN Ode to Ghana. The album is slated to come out on June 30.


Comprised of Wanlov the Kubolor and M3nsa, FOKN Bois have been making waves internationally for their satiric style, socio-political lyrics and cutting-edge flow.

According to the official press release, the album’s 21 tracks will continue FOKN Bois’ style of addressing “global, social, political, economic, racial and religious happenings.”

The group had released two previous albums before this month’s upcoming LP, their 2011 FOKN Dunaquest in Budapest EP and FOKN Wit Ewe, which came out in 2012.

'FOKN Ode to Ghana' album cover.

The album, which is credited as a “A FOKN tribute to highlife, hip-hop and afro-Jazz music from Ghana,” will be released in partnership with Ghanaian creative collective Yoyo Tinz. That's the cover artwork above.

In the meantime, as you wait for the album to drop, you can watch FOKN Bois'

“BRKN LNGWJZ (Broken Languages)” video, an Okayafrica favorite, below.

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Photos by David Pattinson.

First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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