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Stromae Performs 'Papaoutai' In The Streets Of New York City

Watch Stromae perform "Papaoutai" for puzzled New Yorkers across Time Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park and in a subway car.


Photo via Pitchfork.

Stromae perfroms his Racine Carrée hit single "Papaoutai" across the streets of New York City for the latest installment of his popular 'Lessons' videos, which are being revamped to promote his upcoming 10-concert North American tour. After a high-profile introduction featuring the likes of Lorde and Madonna (both Stromae fans), the clip follows the Belgian pop artist to Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Williamsburg and, even, a subway car as he plays his track for puzzled New Yorkers. The street performances culminate at Madison Square Garden, where Stromae will headline in October on a bill alongside Janelle Monáe and Jidenna. Watch "Stromae Takes America - 'Papaoutai' In New York City" below via Pitchfork and see his full North American tour dates underneath. Tickets for all shows are available now.

Stromae North American Tour Dates

09/12 – James L Knight Center – Miami, FL^

09/16 – Echostage – Washington, DC*

09/18 – House of Blue – Boston, MA*

09/21 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL*

09/22 – Myth – Minneapolis, MN*

09/25 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI*

09/26 – Echo Beach – Toronto, ON*

09/28 – Centre Bell – Montreal, QC*

09/29 – Centre Bell – Montreal, QC*

10/01 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY**

*Jidenna supporting

** Special guest Janelle Monáe

^Freedom Fry supporting

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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