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Papa Ghana Introduces His “Diaspora Beat” Sound In ‘Mandingo’ EP

Dutch-Ghanaian artist Papa Ghana presents an electronic blend of afrobeat, coupé-décalé, kuduro, and grime influences in the 'Mandingo' EP.


We’ve been following Jefferson Osei’s genre-melding electronic productions as Papa Ghana since his debut track “I Am An African.” From that first single, the Dutch-Ghanaian artist & fashion designer has patiently shaped his sound—a dance-influenced mash that takes cues from afrobeat, coupé-décalé, kuduro, grime, dubstep, and hip-hop—through gritty singles like “DVMSKO” and collaborations with the likes of Full Crate.

For his debut EP, Mandingo, Papa Ghana presents 11 tracks in a style he describes as “Diaspora Beat.” The EP features contributions from Afrikan Boy on the previously featured “Ghana vs Nigeria,” production work from Petite Noir, Riky Rick & BLKKOUT and is introduced by a track that samples Nelson Mandela.

Stream our premiere of Mandingo and watch an introduction to the EP below.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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