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Reekado Bank in "Rora." Image courtesy of the artist.

Watch Reekado Banks' New Music Video For 'Rora'

The Nigerian artist drops an LA-shot video for his latest single "Rora," which has been on heavy rotation.

Reekado Banks is back after a quiet period with "Rora," his first single of 2019 and the lead track from his upcoming album.

"Rora" (translated from Yoruba as 'Take It Easy') is a highly-addictive production built on mid-tempo beatwork, highlife influences, and playful lyrics aimed at a love interest.

Reekado Banks stopped by our OkayAfrica offices a few weeks ago to give us an early listen of the single. During his visit he told us more about the song:

"The new single 'Rora' was produced by Tuzi and Altims. Tuzi produced [previous single] 'Sensima,' and Altims is one of my favorite producers from way back. He's signed to Mavin Records, my former label. We linked up again and made this one which feels really special to me."

"The tune of the song is really chill, it relaxes you. The message is quite playful and sexual (laughs). Yeah, so it's fun," he also mentioned.


In terms of his upcoming album, Reekado revealed: "It's a 12 track album that features some of my special friends. We've been working on it for a long time, about 12 months. I'm really excited we're at this point where everyone will get to listen to it soon.I really like to make feel-good music. Music that everybody can relate to in their normal life. This album has different topics of your day-to-day life, basically."

Get into "Rora" below. The song is available now.

Update 10/11: Watch the new music video for "Rora," which follows Reekado Banks to Los Angeles, below. It was directed by Dalia Dias. This single has definitely been on heavy rotation since it dropped.

Reekado Banks - Rora (Official Video) youtu.be



Reekado Banks - Rora [Visualizer] youtu.be


Reekado Banks - Rora (Official Audio) youtu.be

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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