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Okayafrica Presents Black Coffee, DJ Spoko & Electrafrique Free At SummerStage!

Okayafrica Presents Black Coffee, DJ Spoko & Electrafrique at the Central Park SummerStage on June 15! The show is free to attend.


We're excited to announce that Okayafrica will be presenting a special night in celebration of 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa and the National Youth Month (June 2014) at this year's Central Park SummerStage concert series on June 15. The night, presented in collaboration with the South African Consulate General-NY, will feature performances from South Africa's biggest DJ/producer Black Coffee'bacardi house' creator and one of the leaders of the new wave of SA dance DJ Spoko, as well as our very own Electrafrique DJs Cortega & Underdog. Stream Cortega's Black Coffee (The African King of House) mixtape, crafted exclusively for the occasion, below. Electrafrique starts at 5pm, right at doors, get there EARLY!

Okayafrica's show with Black Coffee and DJ Spoko will be part of Okayplayer's 15th Anniversary SummerStage celebration, featuring 5 separate shows from us and our channel partners OkayplayerOkayfuture, Revive Music and LargeUp that will include performances by Blood Orange, Moses Sumney, BonoboGregory Porter &The Revive Big BandBonoboCibo MattoChronixx and more. See our schedule below and come celebrate Okayplayer's 15th year with us!

>>>See the full SummerStage schedules at Okayplayer

Sunday, June 15 | 5pm – 10pm

Okayafrica & ImageNation Presents

Black Coffee

DJ Spoko

Electrafrique (DJ Cortega & DJ Underdog)

Music
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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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