Events

Africa In Your Earbuds LIVE! The Sudan Edition 6.28 @ The Ace NYC


This week our  Africa In Your Earbuds LIVE! series continues with a verrrrry special Sudan edition! Sudan's own DJ MoMA and Sinkane will rock the decks while we lounge and chillllllll on the couches and sneak in a dance (f'ing cabaret laws). We'll drink another toast in honor of South Sudan's independence, and show our unity with some ancient traditions (drinking). Once again the event is FREE, no list needed.

Come play our new #afrilibs game (get it Africa + Mad Libs, duhhh). Our best one from last week? "No matter how you fix a chimpanzee's computer, it's still pretentious."

For a taste of what you'll hear, check out our Africa In Your Earbuds mixtapes from featured spinners Sinkane, Chief Boima, Lamin Fofana, and DJ MOMA. Make sure you get on our mailing list to receive alerts for when the next tapes ones drop. Browse our full AIYE list and see the official flyer for all details below. Hope to see ya'll tomorrow! And next week! And the week after that!

AIYE Mixtapes: ALEC LOMAMIDJ MOMA, AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICAPETITE NOIROLUGBENGA, RICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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