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Listen to Popcaan Jump On J.Derobie's 'Poverty' (Remix)

The buzzing Ghanaian track gets a massive remix from Popcaan.

J.Derobie is still a relative new name in the Ghana music scene but his hit single "Poverty" continues to have considerable impact and has landed him on the shortlist of Ghanaian artists to watch in 2019.

"Poverty" initially earned him a major co-sign Mr Eazi, whose emPawa initiative helped break the single and shoot a music video that pushed that track to the masses. Before long, the song was topping the music charts in Ghana.

The Uglyonit-produced single now gets a huge official remix from Jamaican dancehall star Popcaan, who'd already teased he was feeling the song across his social media accounts.


Read: 6 Ghanaian Artists to Watch in 2019

"Poverty is a dancehall song addressing the struggles of life, complete with patois lingo," writes our contributor Nnamdi Okirike. "The song has been endorsed by Jamaican dancehall heavyweights Popcaan and Kranium, as well as several top Ghanaian musicians since its release, and the video's views are still steadily climbing."

"J.Derobie might just be the underdog of the year, and he delivered to us not just a unique story, but an unforgettable tune as well."

Get into the J.Derobie and Popcaan's "Poverty" remix below.

For the latest Ghanaian hits follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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