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'BLACK. [is a culture]': A Powerful Mix About Racial Discrimination By Lo-Fi Odysseys

Daniel Oduntan aka Lo-Fi Odysseys offers a stirring portrayal of institutional racism in the 'BLACK. [is a culture]' mixtape.


Lo-Fi Odysseys is the musical persona of Nigerian-rooted, London-based photographer and artist Daniel Oduntan. His latest mix BLACK. [is a culture] is a heart-wrenching exploration of the discriminatory treatment of black culture and black people within Western society.

Blending audio clips from news coverage and debates about incidents of racial discrimination over songs from Alice & John Coltrane, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Pine, Leo Thomas, Light of the World, Gil Scott Heron, Jean & Doug Carn, Don Blackman and many others, BLACK. [is a culture] offers a stirring portrayal of institutional racism through a mixtape.

“This mix has been on my mind for awhile now,” Daniel Oduntan writes in an e-mail to Okayafrica. “It's a challenging mix and looks more at the black diaspora/People Of Colour, exploring the abusive experiences of black people/the black diaspora within white/western society and the cost to still create and sustain culture within it. The mix touches on themes from black culture ownership to culture exchange/appropriation. Plus looking at the attitude of why cultural/intellectual property and ownership isn't given to POC, even after the price they've had to pay for it.”

“The mix revisits the work of Lee Mun Wah's film The Colour Of Fear, BLACK BRITAIN: Rise Of Racism In The UK from the BBC archives and many other clips from tapes I've dubbed off radio to online sound bite recordings.”

“It's a mix for the Africa diaspora as-well as non-blacks and hopefully will challenge, inform, and bring about vital dialogue.”

Stream Lo-Fi Odysseys' powerful BLACK. [is a culture] mix below and download it here.

Lo-Fi Odysseys 'BLACK. [is a culture]' Tracklist

Light Of The World - I'm So Happy

Alice Coltrane - Om Supreme

Gil Scott Heron - Rivers Of My Father

Courtney Pine feat. Susaye Greene ‎– Children of The Ghetto

Ray Charles - Unchain My Heart

Leo Thomas - It's My Life I'm Fighting For

The Limit - POP

Capleton - In Her Heart instrumental/Vibes FM [Lo-Fi Odysseys Edit]

Lo-Fi Odysseys - Untitled

Daniel Oduntan - #BlackLivesMatter instrumental

Maryam - Alright

Doug Carn feat. Jean Carn - Revelation

Doug Hammond - We People

Don Blackman & The Family Tradition - Ghetto Lament

DMX – Ready To Meet Him instrumental

The John Coltrane Quartet - Africa

Roy Ayers feat. Carla Vaughn - Everytime I See You [Lo-Fi Odysseys Edit]

Yutaka - Haiku

Henry Franklin - Soft Spirit

John Coltrane Interview

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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