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Seun Kuti x M1 Of Dead Prez 'IMF'

Watch Seun Kuti's music video for "IMF" featuring M1 of Dead Prez.


After taking a strong stand against the social rights situation in Nigeria, Seun Kuti takes a direct jab at the International Monetary Fund’s intervention on Nigerian economic and oil policies in “IMF (International Mother Fucker).” The horn-led afrobeat track features Seun calling out a laundry list of points against the IMF’s presence in Nigeria and features a verse from Dead Prez‘ M1.

The Jerome Bernard-directed black-and-white video features Seun playing both the role of the IMF loan officer and Nigerian citizen. The officer reveals himself to be an evil being (with a dollar-sign branded on his forehead) that eventually infects the citizen and turns him into the same money-crazed monster. No real space for interpretation here.

As Seun told The Guardian last year, ”the IMF and international policy cannot work in Africa because they do not take the common man into consideration. Now that you can only afford half the fuel you could before, where do you think the rest of the fuel will go? It’s going to the west, where the price of fuel has been skyrocketing.” Watch the music video for “IMF” below, the single will feature in Seun Kuti’s upcoming Robert Glasper-produced album A Long Way To The Beginning, due May 24 in the States.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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