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Behind-The-Scenes At Rocky Dawuni's 'African Thriller' Shoot

See behind-the-scenes footage of Rocky Dawuni's shoot for "African Thriller," the new single off the album Branches of the Same Tree.

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Rocky Dawuni recently dropped the 'Rumble In The Jungle'-inspired visuals for "African Thriller," the lead single off his upcoming Branches of the Same Tree LP. The vibrant music video for the song, directed by Glen Wilson & choreographed by Kara Mack, riffs of Dawuni's reggae, soul and afrobeat influences, as well as the legendary Ali-Foreman fight. The Ghanaian singer talked to OKA about the instances that shaped "African Thriller" for him,

"The primary experience was my personal story of being brought up in Ghana, West Africa," writes Rocky Dawuni. "Coming from a traditional African home and then also spending time in Los Angeles where I had to constantly adjust one culture to the other. Out of those experiences I got exposed to other immigrants, travelers and lots of multicultural connoisseurs with similar experiences. It dawned on me that with each experience you end up being transformed and expand your appreciation and understanding of others.

I originally wrote the song and then tracked it in Accra, Ghana with some of the best musicians in the country and then did some overdubs in Los Angeles. Once the track was done, DJ Jeremy Sole (KCRW) who is also one of my partners in Afro Funke' stepped in to remix and expand on its dancehall vibe. The video for "African Thriller" which was directed by Glen Wilson, choreographed by Kara Mack and produced by Cary Sullivan, captured this approach with the various colors, flags and nationalities jumping in to the ring to confront and harmonize through dancing. It is a positive cultural statement to present the strength and resilience of Africa and it's influence on all cultures. We all come from Africa! Let's celebrate that — jump in the ring and dance!"

Watch Rocky Dawuni's video for "African Thriller" below and browse through Farah Sosa's behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot in the gallery above. Branches of the Same Tree is out March of next year on Cumbancha.

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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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