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Listen to Les Amazones d'Afrique's New Single 'Amazones Power'

17 voices from across West Africa and beyond sing together against gender inequality.

Les Amazones d'Afrique is an all-female West African collective who released the moving and socially-charged record, République Amazon, a couple of years ago.

The group's rotating roster currently includes Malian veteran singer Mamani Keita, Cameroonian artist Patricia Essong, Guinea's Niariu, Cote d'Ivoire afropop singer Kandy Guira, Benin's Fafa Ruffino, and Congolese artist Abby Surya, among others. In the past Angélique Kidjo and Mariam Doumbia (of Amadou & Mariam) have joined them.

Les Amazones D'Afrique is now returning with a new single "Amazones Power," which sees the West African singers joined by voices from across Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Guyana, Spain and Algeria to sing together against gender inequality.


The new single presents a clear message that violence must stop against women and that women shouldn't be held back by patriarchal norms. "Never again, silence, violence. I want to live and to be free," the group sings, "Mama, marry the one you like. And finally, be happy."

"Les Amazones d'Afrique got together in Les Studios de la Seine in March [with] some familiar faces, and many new voices," a spokesperson for Les Amazones d'Afrique tells OkayAfrica. "There was so much good will and creative energy. We had a wonderful couple of days of creating the new single and uniting for a common cause. The spirit of the recording session is captured in this new video. We are excited to bring our message, our fierce enthusiasm and brand new music to live audiences across Europe throughout the summer."

"Amazones Power" is the lead single from the upcoming Les Amazones d'Afrique album due this autumn.

Listen to our premiere of the new single below.

Les Amazones d'Afrique - Amazones Power (Official Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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