Video

Highlife & Afrofuturism: M.anifest And Bisa Kdei's New Video For ‘W’ani Aba’

Ghanaian rapper M.anifest shares the music video for his single 'W'ani Aba,' featuring the eyewear designs of Serge Attukwei Clottey.

M.anifest. Photography by Bob Pixel.


Ghana’s very own, M.anifest, drops the music video for his single “W’ani Aba,” an infectious and mellow hip-hop tune featuring highlife singer Bisa Kdei.

The 4-minute visual, directed by Garth Von Glehn, sees M.anifest taking on the mythical persona of a quirky inventor whose sunglass creations transport wearers into an enlightening, illusory realm that includes afrofuturistic imagery and visuals of Pac-Man characters.

The crafty eyewear designs in the video were created by Serge Attukwei Clottey, the Ghanaian artist behind last year’s politically-charged creative movement “Afrogallonism.”

The visuals shift seamlessly between glossy, digital spaces and shots of Accra’s vibrant Jamestown and Madina neighborhoods.

Watch M.anifest's boundary-pushing music video for “W’ani Aba” below.

Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The Sounds of Somali Supergroup 4 Mars

A seminal anthology of 4 Mars, a 40-member Somali supergroup formed in 1977, is coming out via Ostinato Records.