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Kwabs 'Perfect Ruin'

Watch Ghanaian/UK-based crooner Kwabs 'Perfect Ruin,' a scaled back showcase of beauty in the raw.


Ghanaian/UK-based wonderman Kwabs' upcoming full length via Atlantic Records is easily becoming one of our most anticipated release of 2014. We're steel reeling from his gospel-strength battle with demons in "Last Stand," which has garnered 100k+ listens since its release a week ago. This latest offering scales back the foreboding production to showcase bare beauty. On "Perfect Ruin" Kwabs induces James Blake shivers in the raw set to minimally haunting keys. Watch the piano performance and catch up on "Last Stand" below.  Here's to hoping these weekly Kwabs deliverances keep on coming.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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