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You Need to Stop and Watch Serious Klein's Epic Video for 'Voodoo Money'

An epic and stunning excursion into sin & forgiveness from the buzzing rapper.

Serious Klein is a Ghanaian-born self-described "art rapper" coming out of the German underground who's been making waves with his infectious blend of hip-hop, jazz and soul.

The artist is now releasing the new visual for his single, "Voodoo Money," a dark, hard-hitting track built on an ominous piano line and an inventive flip of Rich Boy's "Throw Some D's." The song was produced by Rascal, who's worked with Chance the Rapper.

Today we're premiering the music video for the strack, which was created by Serious Klein and HUSH & HYPE. The visual is an epic and stunning excursion into sin, forgiveness, and the decisions men make for money, women and power.


"'Voodoo Money' is about someone who's in the process of slowly going in the wrong direction," Serious Klein tells OkayAfrica via e-mail. "It's written from the perspective of some of the people that surround me, people I grew up with, and their decisions. Stuff that really affected me."

"The visuals are something you have to watch twice to understand, starting with the intro, followed by the parts that portray me in a very different way, reckless and cruel at the same time. Portraying money, women and power. Me getting baptized and being shaved serves as symbolism of losing something (sin) and us (me and the baptist) looking to the sky, seeking for the light. (God)"

Watch our premiere of the "Voodoo Money" video below and grab the single here. If you're in LA, you can catch Serious Klein live this Friday.

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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