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Okay Acoustic: Efya's Stripped Down Cover of 'I Will Always Love You'

Ghanaian singer Efya treats us to a soulful and stripped down rendition of a Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston classic for Okay Acoustic.

DIASPORA—For our latest installment of Okay Acoustic, Ghanaian star singer, Efya, treats us to a soulful and stripped down rendition of a pop classic.


The singer performs "I Will Always Love You," originally by Dolly Parton but known to younger generations through the hugely successful Whitney Houston version. Backed by keyboard and a talking drum, Efya layers echoey vocals atop understated instrumentation. Despite the song's nearly matchless nostalgia, she manages to give it her own unique stamp.

Watch our Okay Acoustic with Efya above, and revisit our recent interview with the artist, about how she's making afrobeats on her own terms.

Video Credits:

Ralston Smith: videographer

Shannon Johnson: videographer + editor

Ginny Suss: producer

Greg Scott: audio

Follow Efya + Her Team:

Twitter: @onenationentgh

Instagram & Twitter: @efya_nokturnal

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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