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You Need to Watch This Ghanaian Girl's 'Mad Over You' Mash-Up

Meet Nana Fofie, a 21-year-old upcoming Ghanaian singer who's cover of Runtown's "Mad Over You" is going viral.

"Mad Over You" was easily one of the best, and biggest, tracks last year.


In his addictive hit, Runtown sings about falling deep for a "Ghana girl." When he stopped by our offices recently, the Nigerian singer further revealed that the song is about African beauty in general.

Well, now, it's another Ghana girl's time to shine on the song.

Meet Nana Fofie, a 21-year-old upcoming Ghanaian singer, based in Rotterdam, who's cover of "Mad Over You" is quickly going viral.

Over some slick re-worked production from Reuben Isaac, Nana Fofie flips "Mad Over You" to be about a boy. She also seamlessly takes detours into other recent afrobeats standouts—including DJ Spinall & Mr Eazi's "Ohema," Eazi's "Hollup," Maleek Berry's "Let Me Know," Korede Bello's "Do Like That" and more—in this impressive mash-up.

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Needless to say, she absolutely kills it. And people are taking notice: since it was posted a few weeks ago, the video's almost at 400K views and rising.

The cover's even sparked it's own dance challenge, the #nanamashupchallenge (see one entry above), and even Runtown himself seems to be down with the track.

Watch above for the video that will get you through this week and follow her YouTube page.

 

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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