Ghanaian emcee M.anifest and hiplife legend Obrafour release the visuals to their thought-provoking song, "No Shortcut to Heaven."
<p><em>Obrafour, Ghanaian actor John Dumelo, and M.anifest on the set of the forthcoming video for "Odasani"</em></p><p>All week Ghanaian emcee and songwriter mavin <strong><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/okayafrica-artists/m-anifest/" target="_blank">M.anifest</a></strong> was on social media hyping the new video for "No Shortcut to Heaven," his collaboration with hiplife great <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Obrafour" target="_blank">Obrafour</a></strong> off the <em>Apae: the Price of Free</em> album. Early last month we saw the two join up yet again on "<a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/news/obrafour-manifest-odasani-obrafofro/" target="_blank">Odasani</a>," the first single off Obrabour's forthcoming <em>Obrafofro</em> LP. While we await visuals for their latest song, they've finally come through with the long-awaited storytelling video for " No Shortcut to Heaven" today. Over loud synths courtesy of <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/Gmobeats" target="_blank">G-mo Beats</a></strong>, M.anifest recounts in a deep, commanding voice a boy's rise to success (heaven) through hard work and dedication. Directed by <a href="http://www.filmfam.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Film Fam</strong></a>'s <strong>Garth Von Glehn</strong>, who previously linked with M.anifest on his SA/Ghana collab "<a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/video/proverb-manifest-proverbs-manifest/" target="_blank">ProVerb's M.anifest</a>," the choreographed video is set in the Eastern Ghanaian towns of Akosombo and Kwabeng, where M.anifest plays the role of a miner panning for gold and Obrafour dons all white as he sings the hook. Watch below, and read our <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/stories/interview-m-anifest-returns-to-ghana/" target="_blank">April 2012 interview</a> with M.anifest in which he speaks about his time in Minneapolis and hiplife influences, including Obrafour himself .</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="654510e805c5a21b9faa5e38bb4e9cd3"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BSYM10-t9zA?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></p>
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