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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.

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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.

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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