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Video: M.anifest 'Asa' ft. Efya

The video for Ghanaian MC M.anifest Asa juggles traditional scenes with green-screened visuals.


"Asa," the horn-flanked standout off M.anifest's Immigrant Chronicles LP, gets a visual treatment that juggles traditional scenes with green-screened visuals. Efya, who lends her pipes to the chorus, joins the Ghanaian MC in the WA Productions/LOVECINÉ FILMS directed clip. Watch below.

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