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FOKN Bois' New Album 'FOKN Ode to Ghana' Offers a Soul Cleanse for 'Children of the Sun'

It’s the Ghanaian hip-hop duo FOKN Bois’ third studio album, presented in collaboration with youth collective Yo Yo Tinz.

As promised, socially conscious, Ghanaian hip-hop duo FOKN Bois have released their FOKN Ode to Ghana Thursday.


It’s been nearly several years in the making, and has been described as “a tribute to highlife, hip-hop and afro-Jazz music” for “children of the sun, ” as the FOKN Bois put it in a lyric from the album.

What makes it sweeter is it’s free.99 and in collaboration with YoYo Tinz, the young collective documenting Ghana's burgeoning hip-hop scene. The exclusive was announced on their brand new website.

It’s the FOKN Bois emcees Emmanuel Owusu Bonsu (a.ka. Wanlov the Kubolor) and Mensah Ansah’s third effort, following up releases Fokn Wit Ewe in 2012 and Fokn Dunaquest in Budapest in 2011.

According to Yo Yo Tinz’s site, FOKN Ode to Ghana is based on Hobo Truffles’ hip-hop instrumental album of the same name that showcased Ghanaian Highlife samples made by hip-hop producers from around the world. FOKN Bois have meticulously laid their flows over them.

The eclectic, 21-track project won’t disappoint fans who have come to know FOKN Bois for their unconventional style of bringing depth and satire to their lyrics while commenting on the sociopolitical, economic, and Afro-religious issues affecting their homeland like a loss of cultural identity, skin bleaching, corruption as well as international currents such as black American’s so-called cultural appropriation of African culture. FOKN Ode to Ghana's narrative is packed with the rappers' signature wit, interlacing metaphor with sarcasm. And at times it’s humorous—we learn Ghanaian bus drivers are “f*ckin crazy.”

Here's the track listing:

Track list for "Fokn Ode to Ghana"

Throughout the sonic adventure, FOKN Bois implore their listeners to “listen to [their] African spirit/ tap into [their] African spirit.”

Offer a listening ear below, and expect a soul cleanse with this one, aptly timed with America’s “independence” day. And if you’re feeling particularly moved, consider purchasing a copy here.

Hungry? Consider listening to “Ghana Jollof” from Wanlov the Kubolor’s sibling Sister Deborah.

 

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


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Nigeria's Super Falcons Were Forced To Threaten a Sit-In Protest Over Unpaid Bonuses After Women's World Cup

After negotiations, the Nigerian Football Federation have agreed to run the players their money.

Nigeria's own Super Falcons had a great run during the Women's World Cup. But instead of the players heading back home or to their respective professional clubs after losing to Germany 3-0, they were forced to strong-arm the Nigerian Football Federation to pay what they're owed.

According to ESPN's initial report over the weekend, the Super Falcons threatened to stage a sit-in protest at their hotel in France until all of their unpaid bonuses dating back to two years ago were paid, along with their World Cup allowances and bonuses.

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