Audio

M.anifest Blends Highlife Guitars & 808s In 'Forget Dem'

Download Ghanaian rapper M.anifest's latest single "Forget Dem," a mixture of hip-hop 808 drums and highlife guitars.


Just a few weeks after sharing the music video for "Mind Games," Ghanaian rapper M.anifest drops new track "Forget Dem." Produced by the award-winning Killbeatz, the cut balances warmth and ferocity as highlife guitars, 808 drums and airy background vocals heed M.anifest's refrain of "Forget Dem." The track sees the "Someway Bi" MC showcasing his inventive wordplay, as he effortlessly spits lines like 'can't stand my reign/it's a downpour' and 'I've nailed this/but i'll hammer the last two.' On twitter, M.anifest called his new song an "anthem for the fearlessly free" and, with his fierce flow throughout, the Accra rapper rallies listeners to that blissful state. Listen to "Forget Dem" below and read the single's complete lyrics at M.anifest's Facebook page. M.anifest will play the Design Indaba music festival in Cape Town on February 26.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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