Young Fathers Are Headed To Johannesburg & Cape Town This Month

Young Fathers are headed to South Africa for a 2-city tour with Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, Card On Spokes, Okmalumkoolkat, Zaki Ibrahim and more.

In January we broke the news that Young Fathers would be bringing their apocalyptic pop to South Africa for a two-city tour hosted by SA beats platform Weheartbeat and Cape Town’s Assembly Radio, in partnership with the British Council Connect ZA and Okayafrica. The Mercury Prize-winning Scottish / Liberian / Nigerian trio are indeed coming at the end of the month, and they'll be joined by some of our favorite South African artists. First, on 27 February they'll hit King Kong in Johannesburg with Card On Spokes, Okmalumkoolkat, BIG FKN GUN, 'Digital Maskandi' mastermind Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, A Million Things, Just Themba, and Symatics. Next, on 28 February they'll head to the Assembly in Cape Town with Card On Spokes, Zaki Ibrahim ft. Mr Sakitumi, Fever Trails, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, JakobSnake, Desert_head (aka Luc Vermeer from Christian Tiger School) and Symatics. The Johannesburg show will stream live right here on Okayafrica, and the Cape Town show will stream live on Assembly Radio (more details on both to come).

There's also a pair of meet & greets with Young Fathers set to take place in Johannesburg (26 February at Live SA) and Cape Town (2 March at Yours Truly). For more on Young Fathers, listen to their stunning new single, "Rain Or Shine," the first off their just announced sophomore LP, White Men Are Black Men Too.

Edinburgh DIY R&B/alt-rap artist (and Young Fathers affiliate) LAW will also be joining the trio in South Africa. She'll be doing a set of her own at the Red Bull Corner to Corner on Thursday, 26 February, in Johannesburg. She'll also be joining SA artists in studio with Young Fathers during their tour.

Young Fathers Live In Johannesburg

Friday, 27 February

King Kong (6 Verwey Street)

Lineup: Young Fathers, Card On Spokes, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, Okmalumkoolkat, A Million Things, Just Themba, Symatics

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Young Fathers Live In Cape Town

Saturday, 28 February

The Assembly (61 Harrington Street)

Lineup: Young Fathers, Symatics, Fever Trails, Card On Spokes, Zaki Ibrahim ft. Mr Sakitumi, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, JakobSnake, Desert_head

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Johannesburg Meet & Greet With Young Fathers

Thursday, 26 February

Live SA (4th Floor, 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein)

18h30 - 20h30

Cape Town Meet & Greet With Young Fathers

Monday, 2 March

Yours Truly 73 Kloof Street, CT CBD

18h00 - 21h00


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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