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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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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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