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Listen To Oyinda's Electro-Soul Anxiety Ballad 'Restless'

Stream Nigerian/New York-based singer/songwriter/producer Oyinda's electro-soul anxiety ballad, "Restless," off her 'Before The Fall' EP.


Having already made a mark with three striking tracks, Nigeria-rooted, New York based singer/songwriter/producer Oyinda made her official EP debut this week with the release of Before the Fall. "Each song explores the bittersweet aspects of experience. It marks the moment when I realized I had changed," Oyinda told Billboard. Of the four tracks on the self-produced EP, "Restless" is the only one we hadn't previously heard, and feels both timeless and vital as it vividly details feelings of anxiety and fear. Amidst rapid drums and thunderous guitars, the 22-year-old observes "Your mind is restless,/You're feeling anxious,/You're running rapid into the dark of your eyes." With imagistic lines and a storm-like production of winding synths and echoes, "Restless" further proves Oyinda is a highly gifted lyricist with a great ear for palpable, darkly vibrant sounds. Listen to the song below, which premiered on Billboard. Before the Fall is available to purchase on iTunes and stream on Spotify now. Oyinda performs this Saturday, November 15th, at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Find more details on the show here. Follow Oyinda on facebook, twitter, and soundcloud.

>>>Listen to Oyinda’s Dark & Striking 3-Track Introduction: "The Devil's Gonna Keep Me," "What Still Remains," "Rush Of You"

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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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