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Watch Yemi Alade's New Music Video for 'Give Dem'

The singer drops another striking music video.

Yemi Alade is readying the release of her forthcoming studio album Woman of Steel. Ahead of that, the Nigerian star has shared to new singles, "Home" and "Give Dem," as well as cover art and tracklist.

"Home" is the album's opening track, which features fuji-inspired production by Vtek. The song sees her her delivering strong vocals as she sings about being "at home" with her lover. "Give Dem," is a more upbeat offering, produced by Krizbeatz that sees the artist sharing swaggering lines atop a fiery, danceable beat.

The artist also shared the album's art work on Instagram, which features her in all gold, donning a Nefertiti-like bust on her head. The tracklist for Woman of Steel, includes 13 songs, with features from the likes of Duncan Mighty, Angelique Kidjo, Funke Akindele, and Rick Ross who is featured on the remix of "Oh My Gosh"—a bonus track on the album.


This spring, the artist released the dance track "Bounce." Considered "The Nigerian Queen of Music Videos," the singer also became the first African femaie artist to reach a million subscribers on YouTube in July.

Woman of Steel is due out on August 30. Listen to "Home" and "Give Dem" below.




Update 9/24: Yemi Alade shares the music video for "Give Dem," directed by Clarance A. Peters, which features the singer performing in a warehouse, drapped in colorful, futuristic garnments. Check it out below.

Yemi Alade - Give Dem (Official Video) youtu.be




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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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