Audio

Sarkodie Samples Fela Kuti In 'Dumsor'

Sarkodie takes on the Ghanaian electricity crisis over a Fela Kuti sample in the Peewezel-produced single "Dumsor."


Sarkodie takes on the electricity crisis in Ghana in his latest single "Dumsor" (named after the popular Ghanaian term for blackouts). The track sees Sarkodie heavily criticizing the government and the Electricity Company of Ghana as part of the #DumsorMustStop campaign, on which he's been joined by Ghanaian actresses Yvonne Nelson and Lydia Forson. The Peewezel-produced single features the Ghanaian rapper's usual rapid-fire Twi delivery, as Sarkodie goes in over a sample of Fela Kuti's "Lady." For more from the rapper revisit our Okayafrica TV: Afrobeats At SXSW feature with Sarkodie, Ice PrinceDavidoR2bees, and more. Stream and download "Dumsor" below.

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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