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Oga'Silachi Flips Wizkid's 'Ojuelegba' Into A Grim Tale About The American Dream

New York-based Oga'Silachi reworks Wizkid's hit into a tale about the downfalls a female immigrant faces while chasing the American dream.


New York-based Oga'Silachi shares a different take on Wizkid's mega hit "Ojuelegba" in the reworked "Americana," a song about the downfalls an female immigrant faces while chasing the American dream. Oga'Silachi's version focuses on the story of Joanna Kofi, an "unlucky woman... who stumbles across an opportunity only to find out she's been lured into her own demise."

"Women go through many issues that are often overlooked and made trivial. Since the original song was about Wizkid starting from the bottom, I decided to write about a woman who started from nothing, had everything taken away from her, and had to push her way to a decent living," Oga'Silachi tells Okayafrica. "It's a story made to empower."

Watch Oga'Silachi performing "Americana" for Level 7 TV's Jam Sessions and download the cover below. You can catch Oga'Silachi live opening for D'banj and Machel Montano on September 5 at New York City's Irving Plaza. Grab your tickets here.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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