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Here's a Ghanaian Hip-Hop Track For Staying On Your Grind

Kobi Onyame and Wanlov the Kubolor connect for "Still We Rise."

We've been following UK-based Ghanaian artist Kobi Onyame for minute now for his blend of West African influences with hip-hop.

In his new music video for "Still We Rise," which we're premiering here, Kobi links up another fellow Ghanaian, Wanlov the Kubolor of FOKN Bois fame, for a hazy trip through the mountains of Ghana.

Directed by both artists and captured by 6Miludo, the new video follows Kobi and Wanlov as they take a drive up the Aburi mountain in Ghana's Eastern Region.

"The inspiration behind the song was really recognising the ambition that I had within myself to achieve despite difficulties," mentions Kobi Onyame. "It's a universal concept. The song's actually pretty old but the message hasn't changed."

The track's a head-nodder highlighted by Kobi's heartfelt delivery and punctuated by Wanlov the Kubolor's incomparable, out-of-your-mind rapping style, which you can catch in the second verse.

"The first version was called 'We Rise' and it was actually Wanlov's verse that inspired adding the word 'Still" to the title," adds Kobi. "I decided to re work it with Wanlov for the new album. We've worked together before & love his authenticity. I think he was the perfect addition to the track & getting the message across to a people who recognise the chase for achievement and knowing that life's really a slow rise."

Watch our premiere of the music video for "Still We Rise" below. You can find the track on Kobi Onyame's Gold album.

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Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

Jay Trigga could very well be Zambian music's next big thing—and he's doing it all from China.

Zambia has relentlessly developed a vibrant music scene in recent times, instigating new genres like Zambian Rock (Zamrock), Trapundula (a music genre following the driving element of Kalindula) and putting their own spin on afrobeats. This has all been possible through the collective effort of young Zambian artists wanting to create music that is authentic, different, bold, and purely African.

For 21-year-old Zambian hip-hop artist Jack Lumbeta Kafukwilwa also known as Jay Trigga, the need to showcase Africa to the world through music has been his greatest motivation. "I would define my sound as afro-fusion as it is a mix. I am quite versatile so finding a word to define my sound is tricky because I do trap music as well. In clear terms, my sound is chill, youthful and futuristic," Jay Trigga tells me over our virtual conversation from China where he is currently studying a masters degree in business management.

Following collaborations with Ice Prince and Davido's DMW rapper Dremo, the young star is significantly bent on shooting for the stars in Zambia's music scene. We sat down with Jay Trigga to talk about his journey, new single, his influences in music and more.

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