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Watch Mr Eazi, GuiltyBeatz & Kwesi Arthur's 'Pilolo' Music Video

One for the dance floor.

Mr Eazi connects with Ghanaian DJ/producer GuiltyBeatz and rapper Kwesi Arthur for this infectious new single, "Pilolo." The track is named after the dance move that's been making the rounds, which was created by Incredible Zigi, as well as the Ghanaian children's game.

"Pilolo" is released as part of Mr Eazi's emPawa initiative. It sees Eazi and Kwesi Arthur lending their vocals to a blend of afropop rhythms and electronic beats.


Read our exclusive interview with Mr Eazi

"It's a program where I get to fund 100 African emerging artists," the Mr Eazi told OkayAfrica in a recent interview. "We had over 20,000 entries on Instagram via the #Enpawa100 hashtag. These were simple IG videos of kids rapping, singing, doing whatever. We had to go through it and pick our favorite 100 from across Africa."

"We started to shoot videos for everyone of them except four. Some of those I already got rotation on African radio and TV. We just dropped one that went straight to #1 on the Ghana Apple Music charts, and has been trending all day."

"It's just beautiful seeing how I can give back to my ecosystem and ignite 100, 50, 10—even if it's one new artist. And it goes beyond that. We're trying to make sure we have a couple more music premieres (such as myself) coming out of Africa who are independent, global artists."

Watch the visualizer video for "Pilolo" below and grab it here.

Update 4/25: Watch the new music video for GuiltyBeatz, Mr Eazi and Kwesi Arthur's "Pilolo" below. It's a global affair that features a number of dancers performing across Italy, North London, New York City, China, and more. It also features Pilolo dance move creator Incredible Zigi.

GuiltyBeatz, Mr Eazi & Kwesi Arthur - Pilolo [Official Video] youtu.be


GuiltyBeatz, Mr Eazi & Kwesi Arthur - Pilolo (Visualizer) www.youtube.com


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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) www.youtube.com

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