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Sarkodie Enlists Idris Elba and Donae'o for New Feel-Good Anthem 'Party & Bullshit'

PREMIERE: Watch Sarkodie, Idris Elba and Donae'o party and rep for Ghana in the music video for their new collaboration.

Award-winning Ghanian rapper Sarkodie connects with none other than Idris Elba and singer and producer Donae'o for a memorable music video for their new collaboration "Party & Bullshit."

As the title implies, the song is all about letting loose, celebrating life and having a good time. The track opens with Sarkodie delivering a rapid-fire verse. His impressive flow shines through as he raps completely in Twi. Elba joins in with an energetic second verse that humorously references fufu, while Donae'o provides the song's catchy, anthemic chorus.

OkayAfrica spoke with Sarkodie to find out how the unique collaboration came to be. "Last year I had my annual show called Rapperholic and Idris was in town, and came to watch the show. That's how we connected," says the artist. "The next day he came over, listened to the project and we decided to work together. I sent him a couple of records and he loved this one. Donae'o has been a friend from time—we've always done records together, but they've been his records most times. I sent him this one, and he jumped on the hook and the magic just happened. It was super organic, it wasn't forced. It was just a great connection between the three of us."


The colorful music video, directed by Capone and Guise, sees the trio representing for Ghana and truly living up to the song's title while they attend a house party. According to Sarkodie, it was just as much fun in real like as it looks on screen. "It was a genuine connection, we were doing it because we wanted to. Just three Ghanaian guys linking up and having fun shooting a video, whatever you saw on the screen that's how it felt while we were shooting."

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The song is the first to be released under Donae'o's new Movin Anti label, which he created to help talented artists boost their platforms. "I want to showcase acts that are extremely talented but maybe the world doesn't recognise because it's not packaged in a way they understand," said the artists in a statement. "I understand these acts though and I want Movin Anti to be the voice for those people to help them be heard."

Elba, who is currently shooting Suicide Squad, dropped another standout collaboration earlier this year with the massive "Boasty " Earlier this month, Sarkodie became the first artist to win BET's Best International Flow award, and with his latest, he shows absolutely no sign of slowing down.

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Yemi Alade Enlists Djimon Hounsou for New Music Video 'Remind You'

The veteran Beninese actor stars in the sultry music for Yemi Alade's latest single.

Yemi Alade shares her latest music video for her single "Remind You," and it stars none other than celebrated Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou.

"Remind You" is a sultry R&B track from the singer's latest album, 2019's Woman of Steel. The vibrant music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse, sees the singer gallivanting in an empty mansion in various elegant gowns. Honsou graces the screen throughout the video as well, but the two don't meet until the very end, when things take a funny and unexpected turn.

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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Makwa x Maraza x AKA, Joeboy, Zlatan, Nadia Nakia, TOBi x The Game, Yilian Canizares, Aewon Wolf and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Interview: Afro Nation Festival's Smade On Unifying Africans Across the Continent & Diaspora

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Afro Nation co-founder Adesegun Adeosun aka Smade to talk about how it all started and what the future holds.

Within minutes of speaking with Adesegun Adeosun, it's apparent that Afro Nation is much more than an urban music festival.

The Afro Nation co-founder, better known as Smade, talks passionately about connecting Africans across the globe. In less than a year since its debut edition, Afro Nation has successfully done this and gone on to establish itself as the largest festival celebrating African culture on the continent and in the diaspora.

This year, Afro Nation will touch down in Puerto Rico for the first time over spring break—from the 18th to the 21st of March—on the beach of Balneario de Carolina. Headliners will include Burna Boy, Chronixx, Davido, 2Baba, Naira Marley and many more.

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Smade to talk about Afro Nation, how it all started and what the future holds.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday it was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.

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