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Ghanaian Afro Soul Singer Jeff Darko's Summer Style Guide To Barcelona

Ghanaian "afro soul" singer Jeff Darko shares his summer style guide to Barcelona in a series of photos shot exclusively for Okayafrica.

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The last time we spoke with Jeff Darko the Ghanaian-born "afro soul" singer-songwriter had just relocated to Barcelona. It was there that he crafted "Bystander," an affirming dance track with lyrics urging listeners to embrace their uniqueness. During our conversation, Darko mentioned the impact his new home was having on the music for his next project. "Moving to this artistic city has inspired my new sound," he told us at the time. "The streets are always lively here, which inspired me to use more live instruments in this new music."

This left us wondering how else Barcelona was inspiring the fashionable artist. Recently we asked Darko to share a few of his favorite summer looks in various locations around the city. We also got some tips on the best places to visit:

"One of my favorite spots in Barcelona has to be Rambla del Raval. It is renowned for the best vintage shops in the city. My friends Pepe Pardo and Gigi D'amico have the coolest shop around that area which I visit frequently called Holala! Ibiza. It's very crowded but since it's the heart of the city, you learn so much about the culture. For me, the options are endless in this area, you have the best tapas, art exhibitions, amazing bars and so much more. This is a spot I believe anyone visiting Barcelona should definitely check out, it's very entertaining and brings out the beautiful culture."

Above, Jeff Darko shares his summer style guide in a series of photos shot in Barcelona exclusively for Okayafrica. For more, check out our First Look Friday with the enigmatic crooner.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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