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Listen to Joya Mooi's Meditative New Single 'Hold You Tight'

Premiere: the Dutch-South African singer reflects on love and trust issues on her first release of the year.

Amsterdam-based artist Joya Mooi shares her latest single, "Hold You Tight."

The reflective song, produced by Blazehoven, is a soothing mix of soul sounds and ambient R&B complete with pensive lyrics and an infectious hook. It sees Mooi musing on past trust issues, self-perception and the outcomes of unhealthy relationships.

"Fortunately I'm now in a phase where I really trust positive things will come to me. And that I deserve all the things that I work for," she tells OkayAfrica. "But that wasn't always the case. In 'Hold You Tight' I really wanted to connect my past self with the circumstances that life used to put me in."

"Growing up I hardly witnessed healthy relationships," she explains further in a press release. "That's why I always thought I wasn't able to have a healthy relationship myself. I became quite skeptical about anything that was positive. In 'Hold You Tight' I'm speaking about themes as distrust, love and self-stigma. The desires I had in life, relationships and dealing with patterns created by the generations before me."


The conservatory-trained singer, who has roots in South Africa, also shares an accompanying music video for the song, directed by Jacob Creach.

It's the artist's first single since the release of her 2019 album The Ease of Others, and there's plenty more to come from the artist this year. Watch the music video for "Hold You Tight" below.

Joya Mooi - Hold You Tight (prod. Blazehoven) 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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