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Sarkodie And Ace Hood Share The Video For 'New Guy'

Ghanaian star Sarkodie and We The Best rapper Ace Hood perform from Miami basements and rooftops in their new video for "New Guy."


After having just shared their new collaborative track last week, Ghanaian star rapper Sarkodie and Florida’s Ace Hood are now dropping the visuals for "New Guy." The new clip sees Sarkodie and the We The Best signee performing their booming joint single from dark basements and Miami rooftops as the Ghanaian MC offers to repay the favor back home "Ace, let me take you to Africa, my people they'll love you."

Sarkodie's a current nominee for the BET Awards’ Best International Act: Africa and is readying his new full-length album Mary, which should be dropping in the coming months. The Ghanaian rapper recently took on his country’s power outage crisis in the Fela Kuti-sampling “Dumsor.” For more, rewatch our Okayafrica TV: Afrobeats At SXSW feature with Sarkodie, Ice PrinceDavidoR2bees, and more. Watch and download Sarkodie and Ace Hood’s “New Guy” below.

>>>Download: Sarkodie "New Guy" featuring Ace Hood

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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