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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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From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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