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Olamide Is Now The First Nigerian Entertainer To Own A TV Station

Nigerian hip-hop artist Olamide kicks of his 29th birthday with his new single, "c.Ronaldo," and announcement on his newly acquired tv station, VOTS.

Olamide Baddo, the Nigerian hip-hop artist and entrepreneur starts his birthday off right with an announcement on launching his new TV station, VOTS (Voice Of The Streets), becoming the first Nigerian entertainer to own one. As if that was not enough to celebrate in one day, he also launched his new dope single titled "c.Ronaldo."

Olamide is on a roll with his career with so many notches on his belt already, but he's proving that he's not in the game only for himself. He's using his music and business ventures to both represent and spread African culture throughout the diaspora and beyond.


VOTS is only available on Play satellite TV and will provide subscribers with 124 channels. As Olamide informs us in his Instagram post, reported by Bella Naija, VOTS is "our television, my television, your television...be heard." As an additional treat, accompanied with his tv station announcement, Olamide promised the first 100 individuals to set foot on Play TV's premises a decoder with a free one-year subscription to VOTS as a "thank you."

Of course with a fanbase as large as his, over 1,000 proud Nigerians came to the premises. Although only 100 were allotted decoders, those who remained were instructed to record their names with VOTS, and follow up with an e-mail for an update. So far, it seems Olamide has a knack for surprises so who knows what that "update" will be.

Additionally, his new single is a wavy combination of African beats and smooth vocals that you can bump to at the same time. Check out his track, named after Cristiano Ronaldo, now available on Soundcloud, and stay tuned for more on VOTS.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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