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Polyversal Souls Premiere The Ghanaian-Shot Video For 'Asembi Ara Amba'

Berlin-based band the Polyversal Souls share the video for "Asembi Ara Amba" featuring Y-Bayani from their debut album 'Invisible Joy.'


Los Angeles-based label Now-Again records has collaborated with experimental funk-soul drummer Max Whitefield and his Berlin-based imprint Philophon to release Invisible Joy — the first LP from Whitefield's newly formed band the Polyversal Souls.

After recording with afro-psychedelic funk outfit The Poets of Rhythm in the early 2000s, Whitefield embarked on an extensive musical expedition which saw him touring and studying throughout Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. The drummer eventually landed in Ghana, where he formed the international collective the Polyversal Souls in 2010. The band is comprised of musicians from various cultural and musical backgrounds; together they provide an eclectic blend of music influenced by sounds from across the globe.

Today we're premiering the new video for Polyversal Souls' latest single "Asembi Ara Amba," featuring Ghanian singer Y-Bayani. Max shared some background information on the video in an e-mail to Okayafrica, "This clip was shot in Ghana/Saltpond (hometown of highlife legend Ebo Taylor, whose funkiest 70s and 80s work was put out recently on a Strut anthology). This is the first song Y-Bayani recorded for release. We met him in Saltpond while his friend Roy X (Jimmy Taylor, son of Ebo) played me a demo version of that song which they just recorded together." Watch below, as Y-Bayani gets arrested by a pair of amateur "police officers," only to escape while they're sleeping and reclaim his freedom. Invisible Joy will be available on July 3 via Now-Again records.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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