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Watch Juls' New Video For 'Saa Ara' Featuring Kwesi Arthur & Akan

We premiere the beautiful Ghanaian-shot music video.

Juls has been delivering steady hits for years now.

In his recent single, "Saa Ara," the producer teams up with buzzing Ghanaian rapper Kwesi Arthur and Akan for an infectious blend of vintage highlife instrumentals and booming hip-hop beats

The single is now receiving a beautiful new music video shot Ghana. It features epic shots of the coastline and Elmina Castle, the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea and the oldest European building south of the Sahara.

"Saa Ara" is something so special to me that I HAD to go back home to Ghana to shoot the video," Juls tells OkayAfrica.


"I wanted it to be as traditional as possible with iconic shots of the Ancient Elmina castle and surrounding areas. The meaning of "Saa Ara" translate as 'We working hard to make it, despite all the obstacles that come our way'. I come from a linage of people that work extremely hard; and I'm so proud to be a Ghanaian. Press play and enjoy my beautiful country!"

Watch our premiere of video for "Saa Ara," directed by Babs Direction, below.

Juls. Image courtesy of the artist.

Juls. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Watch the Ethereal Music Video for Juls' 'Maayaa' Featuring Santi & Tiggs Da Author

The video is a stunning ode to black women.

Last month, Ghanaian producer Juls teamed up with Nigerian alté star Santi and Tanzanian musician Tiggs Da Author for the sultry love song "Maayaa." Now the artist has shared the music video for the standout track.

The song features mellow verses from both Santi and Tiggs Da Author as they sing about a woman who has captivated their hearts. "Oh Maayaa, you're the fuel to me fire," sings Tiggs on the track's chorus. The string-filled song has an old-school highlife feel—a sound that the celebrated producer is known to experiment with.

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Watch Juls & Wande Coal's New Video For 'Sister Girl'

A dance visual for the Afro-house inspired track.

Juls and Wande Coal follow-up their last great collaboration, "So Mi So," with this new single, "Sister Girl."

The new track sees Wande Coal singing about "a cheeky woman who does anything in her power to get what she wants and live a very lavish lifestyle," a statement from the artists' reads.

The Nigerian artist is backed by Juls' equally-lavish blend of afrobeats elements with a South African-house inspired beat.

"Sister girl was made in literally 5 minutes after we had waakye (a Ghanaian rice dish)," mentions Juls. "I had already laced the drums and melody and Wande caught a vibe immediately. This was actually supposed to come out before "So Mi So" but I wanted more time. I wanted to channel an Afro-House sound with the song and make it more instrumental with minimal lyrics."

Get into "Sister Girl" below.

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Watch Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim's  TED Talk on How Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Fight Climate Change

The Chadian activist—and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020—says traditional knowledge, as practiced in her native Mbororo community, is one of the keys to combatting climate change.

In a new TED Talk, climate activist, geographer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, discusses the role that indigenous knowledge can play in combatting climate change.

During the 13-minute talk, Ibrahim emphasizes how the exploration and acceptance of various knowledge systems–including those that fall outside of the scope of typical scientific research–can add to our understanding of ways to protect the environment. "I think, if we put together all the knowledge systems that we have -- science, technology, traditional knowledge -- we can give the best of us to protect our peoples, to protect our planet, to restore the ecosystem that we are losing," says Ibrahim.

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South Africans Condemn Police Brutality During National Lockdown

A number of videos have emerged on social media allegedly showing the intimidation and assault of several Black South Africans by law enforcement.

South Africa recently began a nationwide lockdown in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been deployed across the nation to aid the police in ensuring that the rules of the lockdown are upheld. However, disturbing footage has emerged on social media allegedly depicting law enforcement agents assaulting Black South Africans.

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