Video

An NYC Subway Love Story From Newcomer OgaSilachi

New York-based Nigerian OgaSilachi comes through with an 'Afro'nb' love story in the new music video for "Leona"

OgaSilachi. Photo via the artist's Facebook.


OgaSilachi blends “afrobeats” with R&B sounds in his latest single “Leona.” The New York City-shot music video for the track, directed by Roarin Lion, is a subway story about finding love in unexpected places.

"Leona is a beautiful love song made for the strong minded woman,” OgaSilachi explains in an e-mail to Okayafrica. “As the name suggests, Leona represents the strong-minded and lioness like attitude these women exude. These are the women who through each upset still manage to make things work in their favor."

Watch the new music video for OgaSilachi’s “Leona” below.

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Vinegar Pap Smear Saving Women’s Lives In Malawi

This simple diagnostic test is giving hope to thousands of women in Malawi.