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Film: Juliani's Roadtrip to Mombasa


JULIANI - The Roadtrip from Studio Ang on Vimeo.

Julius Owino, known to many as Juliani is no ordinary Hip-Hop artist. In Kenya, he is viewed as a person of change to the community. He grew up in one of the less fortunate neighborhoods in Kenya but managed to follow his dream of becoming an artist.+Juliani-The Road Trip, filmed by Studio ANG, focuses on Juliani in his entirety, more specifically, going through his struggles and achievements. The director of the documentary Bobb Muchiri says,

"Juliani is not just an ordinary artist. He's is a poet, an activist, a mirror/role model to many youths in Kenya and a rapper who survived one of the most dangerous hoods in Nairobi which happens to be the cradle of Kenyan hip-hop."

Throughout the film, Juliani gets to meet the people he cares about most: the fans. Five on his top fans are chosen for the documentary and speak on why Juliani is so dear to each of them.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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