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.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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