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Watch the Heartfelt Music Video for George Kalukusha's New Single 'Honey'

PREMIERE: Check out the latest from the Malawian singer—one of Mr Eazi's #emPawa100 artists.

"Honey" is the new single from Malawian singer-songwriter George Kalukusha—who was named one of OkayAfrica's Malawian artists to watch back in 2015.

The artist is still putting in work, releasing his latest under, Mr Eazi's #emPawa100 initiative, which helps support emerging and established artists from across the continent through funding, mentorship and digital distribution.

"Honey" is a melodic, folk-inspired ballad, that sees the artist singing about the heartache of unrequited love. "The song came about as a response of me watching a friend of mine desperately long for a lover who didn't want him back," the artist tells OkayAfrica. "I thought it to be very relatable so I wrote about it."


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The song's stripped-down music video is meant to convey this feeling of longing as well, says Kalukusha, who is seen performing in a secluded room with just his guitar throughout the video. "The video came about as a very minimalistic concept, says the artist. "We wanted to portray the feeling of being trapped and longing for something you do not have, and looking at the array of amazing videos that emPawa has released for African artists, I just wanted something I could be proud of amongst all the other great works," he adds.

There is much more on the horizon for the young musician, who plans to continue working with Mr Eazi to release his upcoming album We Never Stood a Chance later this year.

Watch the premiere of "Honey" below.

George Kalukusha - Honey (Official Video) #emPawa100 Artist www.youtube.com

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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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