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Video: Richy Pitch's 'Black Star' Featuring M.anifest

Watch the music video for Richy Pitch's 'Black Star' featuring M.anifest

It seems that BBE and Okayafrica have both embraced that 80s nostalgia with tribute to the activity that consumed most of our time back then: old school video games. BBE, promoting Richy Pitch's new video "Black Star," takes the viewer back to when video games were simple and 2D.  After peeping the video, we couldn't help thinking about Okayafrica's new limited edition Africa Galactica t-shirt, which will be for sale in our store shortly. Despite the throw-back theme, Richy Pitch is anything but out-dated, with an underground meets Kid Cudi sound. Hailing from Ghana, Richy Pitch joined BBE Records in London, and has just released Ye Fre Mi this summer. After watching his video be sure to check out his album here.


Okayafrica's Africa Galactica shirt will be available on our OKA store, coming soon!

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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