Audio
La Même Gang. Photo courtesy of the artists.

La Même Gang Blend Afrobeats & Trap Exceptionally In Their New Tape 'Linksters'

The trailblazing Ghanaian collective show off their growth and versatility on their highly-anticipated sophomore project.

La Même Gang is the collective that is shaping the new wave of urban music in Ghana. This enviable squad is made up of six creatives: Darkovibes, $pacely, Kiddblack, RJZ, Kwaku BS & Nxwrth.

The Accra-based supergroup is part of a new school of African artists who are navigating a shifting musical landscape on their own terms. By connecting with their fans organically on social media, as well as through live performances, La Même Gang has gained quite the dedicated following.

After topping charts with their first project, La Même Gang follows up with Linksters, a 2.0 version of the 2017 La Même Tape and a 20-track body of work functioning as an extension of the collective's personality. With two sides to the tape, there's something here for everyone.


La Même Gang. Photo courtesy of the artists.

While they are individual powerhouses, the bond they share together in music has created a brotherhood that fosters each artist's growth, while still offering opportunities for collaboration. They share precious and emotional moments on their lead single "Stone Island"—an appreciative song to each other that explores brotherhood and oneness.

Other standout tracks include "Gold Coast," an ebullient love-letter to Ghanaian girls that enlists Nigerian vanguard act Odunsi the Engine and "Accra Stay by Plan," a dancehall-flavored rendition that addresses the hardships and hustles of Accra.

Darkovibes' vocals float effortlessly over the groovy and funkadelic Altra-Nova production on "Up/Down," we're loving the sing-song delivery and playful wordplay on Kwaku BS' verse, while RJZ's high-pitched, catchy chorus seals the deal.

La Même Gang - Stone Island (feat. Darkovibes, RJZ & Kiddblack) youtu.be

Linksters includes a diverse array of vocal features including Sarkodie, King Promise, Medikal, Kobla Jnr, Pappy Kojo, Odunsi the Engine and Odartei.

Musically, the tape features productions from noteworthy beatmakers like Nova, Kuvie, Zodiac, Killmatic, Eargasm and of course Nxwrth—the producer at the forefront of Ghana's buzzing trap scene and the mastermind behind the growling melodies in subversive trap bangers like "Bonjour" and "Terminator."

With Linksters, La Même Gang display their growth and versatility in a phenomenal way. By blending afrobeats and trap, the boys have served a thrilling musical experience for the die-hards as well as new listeners.

Stream Linksters below.

popular

Tay Iwar: Nigeria's Most Reclusive Musician Opens Up

In his most open interview ever, the Nigerian artist demystifies himself, opening up about his reclusive personality and why emotions are the biggest drivers of his art.

Tay Iwar won't touch anything that lacks a strong emotional pull. It's a driver for all the music that he makes.

He has been a satiated lover ("Satisfied"), a vulnerable sage ("Weather Song"), an existentialist thinker ("Utero"), and a straight-up loser ("Sugardaddy") across his debut album's songs. "I fell in love with you and I almost died," he sings on "Monica," the lead single off that album, Gemini.

When I ask Tay about Gemini on a hot, sweaty afternoon at his Bantu Studio in Abuja, Nigeria, he seems proud of it. Staring into the distance, he says he considers the RnB fusion record his first album which doesn't have him selling emotions to people. He is simply expressing himself now, rather than the more "packaged" offerings on his previous projects Passport (2014) and Renascentia (2016). It's huge artistic growth for a 21-year-old, one in which he is basking.

Tay, born Austin Iornongu Iwar, hated it when his father forced him to take classic piano lessons at an early age. But by the time he was 13, and midway through high school, that sentiment had become the opposite; he had fallen deeply in love with the art, making music on his computer, and teaming up with his brothers—Sute and Terna Iwar—to co-found the Bantu Collective. His first love was the guitar, but something about making music on the colourful "video game" early version of the FL Studio software got him hooked. Mastering instruments, and becoming a sound engineer gave him a high-level of understanding of music creation. At 16, he released his debut project, Passport, which became an instant niche favorite, offering him a modicum of fame and demand that surprised the artist.

Keep reading... Show less
Culture
Danielle Ekwueme.

This 21-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Bringing Nigerian Palm Wine Into the Future One Bottle At a Time

With her bottled palm wine company "Pamii" Daniella Ekwueme is improving on tradition and filling a void in the Nigerian spirits market.

In 2016, Daniella Ekwueme, the founder of the Nigerian palm wine company Pamii, had a casual thought when looking out at her mother's land in Abuja. "She just had this farmland and she wasn't doing anything with it," she recalls. "So I was like 'Oh, have you ever thought of planting palm trees and getting palm oil or palm wine and boxing it up?"

While her mother's answer was no, the thought took hold in her young, entrepreneurial mind. She'd had palm wine—an alcoholic drink made from the sap of various species of palm trees and endeared to many Nigerians—at weddings and gatherings in the past, but it never quite "hit the spot" so to speak. "I realized that every time I've had palm wine in Lagos or Abuja, it's always off or sour. Because palm wine ferments, so the longer you leave it, it gets bitter and [undrinkable]. So anytime I've had it at weddings it just doesn't taste right to me."

This presented an opportunity for the young student who was just 18-years-old at the time and moving between Lagos, London and Abuja: she could improve upon an age-old product, still very much in demand, by revamping the production process and packaging it. After extensive research and visits to local palm wine farms in Abuja, Ekwueme decided she was ready to experiment. Along with a small team, she bottled her first batches of palm wine in December 2017, calling the product Pamii—a naturally-brewed, premium palm wine. Ekwueme's product is different—it fills a void in the Nigerian spirits market because it's actually Nigerian-made. She reminds me that while her company isn't the first to try bottling the beverage, others fell short due to "poor execution, poor branding," and failure to "cultivate a brand and lifestyle around it."

Keep reading... Show less
Music

Rouge, Moozlie, A-Reece, J Molley & The Big Hash Will Be Part of Sway’s South African Cypher

Sway will certify more South African hyenas next month.

Sway is coming to South Africa for the #CastleLightUnlocks event. The renowned media personality has proven fond of South Africa's hip-hop scene (who wouldn't be?). Sway has hosted the likes of Cassper Nyovest, AKA, Nasty C, Stogie T and Kwesta on Sway In The Morning in the last three years.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.