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Kwesi Arthur's New Video For 'One Stone' Will Jump Start Your Week

"I think it's time to remind people where we came from."

Ghana's Kwesi Arthur comes through with the bars in his latest music video for "One Stone."

The new single and clip sees the buzzing rapper tackling an ominous beat produced by Yung D3mz as he drops some fiery lines, dubbing himself the "modern day Kwame Nkrumah" and shouting out Ghanaian rappers that have paved the way for him like Sarkodie.

"I think it's time to remind people where we came from," Kwesi Arthur wrote on his Instagram page about the new song.

The new music video for "One Stone" toggles between black-and-white scenes of the rapper's newspaper headline clippings and shots of him rapping inside a bus.


Read: Kwesi Arthur, Ghana's King of the Youth, Wants to Take African Hip-Hop Global

"Africa has so much to offer," Kwesi Arthur told OkayAfrica in a recent interview. "So I think the world should be ready... and we'll bring the world to Africa. That's one thing... we always keep creating new things. At one point there was Azonto and that came to shaku shaku. Africa keeps recreating stuff and that's not going to end. We'll always keep creating."

Kwesi Arthur is set to drop a new EP soon this year. Watch the new clip for "One Stone" below.

Kwesi Arthur - One Stone (Thoughts From King Arthur 3) | Ground Up Tv youtu.be

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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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