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Young Fathers' Stripped-Down NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Watch Scottish-Liberian-Nigerian trio Young Fathers' uncharacteristically serene performance of "Am I Not Your Boy" & "Only Child" for NPR.


Scottish-Liberian-Nigerian trio Young Fathers have been on a lengthy tour in support of White Men Are Black Men Too, the follow-up to their Mercury Prize-winning album DeadWhile stateside, band members ‘G’ Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole stopped by NPR to perform a stripped-down Tiny Desk Concert. On these live renditions of "Am I Not Your Boy" and "Only Child," the group rely on a sparse arrangement of vocals, light percussion and a single analog synthesizer for an uncharacteristically serene performance — a departure from the booming beats and rhymes of their live show. Watch Young Fathers play the two songs below and download the audio over at NPR. Catch the band on their remaining UK tour dates listed underneath.

Young Fathers UK Tour Dates

May 22 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

May 23 Knockengorroch, UK – World Ceilidh Festival

May 25 Manchester, UK – Gorilla

May 26 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

May 27 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach

May 28 London, UK – Koko

May 29 Brighton, UK – The Haunt

May 30 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms

Jun 01 Gloucester, UK – Guildhall

Jun 02 Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 2

Jun 03 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds

Jun 04 Stoke-On-Trent, UK – The Sugarmill

Jun 05 Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre

Jun 06 Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy 2

Jun 07 Liverpool, UK – Kazimier

Jun 09 Edinburgh, UK – Central Hall

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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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