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Backstage On The Macklemore Heist Tour With Owuor Arunga

Armed with a GoPro, the Sultan of Swag, Owuor Arunga, took Okayafrica TV backstage on The Heist tour with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.


The official trumpeter for The Heist album and tour and an esteemed member of Seattle's hip-hop community in his own right, Owuor Arunga has played just about every note along the way of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' historic rise. And it was just about a year ago that Okayafrica first found out the "Sultan of Swag" hails from Kisumu, Kenya. Since that fateful day, Macklemore and co. have continued their meteoric takeover with a show-stopping performance at the VMA's and a massive tour of Europe under their belt.

Luckily, Okayafrica TV had behind-the-scenes access to these moments and more along the Heist tour. Armed with a GoPro, "Hip-Hop's Dizzy Gillespie" took us backstage for an exclusive look at life on the road with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Somehow in between trotting the globe Owuor even found time to visit his pops in Cairo. When all was said and done, the Heist's orchestral renaissance man turned out to be quite the candid filmmaker (his sneak peak of Chance The Rapper tap dancing backstage in Paris is pretty convincing proof, right?). After three months of traveling with the GoPro in tow, Owuor caught up with us to assess the footage and answer some questions we'd been dying to know. When did he and Macklemore meet? Who was the troublemaker and who was the "square bear" of Seattle's legendary Garfield High? How did he end up jamming with kids in Cairo? And of course, how stoked is he to bring the Macklemore tour to Kenya? (The answer to that last one is a resounding YES) And so without further adieu, get to know the Heist's Owuor Arunga as he takes us backstage in the latest episode of Okayafrica TV.

Videographers:

Allison Swank

Imani Lindsey

Jason Koenig

Editor:

Lance Steagall

Music by:

Owuor & Friends

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


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Nigeria's Super Falcons Were Forced To Threaten a Sit-In Protest Over Unpaid Bonuses After Women's World Cup

After negotiations, the Nigerian Football Federation have agreed to run the players their money.

Nigeria's own Super Falcons had a great run during the Women's World Cup. But instead of the players heading back home or to their respective professional clubs after losing to Germany 3-0, they were forced to strong-arm the Nigerian Football Federation to pay what they're owed.

According to ESPN's initial report over the weekend, the Super Falcons threatened to stage a sit-in protest at their hotel in France until all of their unpaid bonuses dating back to two years ago were paid, along with their World Cup allowances and bonuses.

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