NEW MUSIC AFRICA II

Artist: SENA DAGADU

Video Title: PASS IT ON FT. WANLOV the KUBOLOR

Ghanaian born singer Sena Dagadu is based in Hungary together with her Electro-Drum and Bass crew Irie Mafia, the group has been railroading their home base and surrounding territories with pressure-cooked rhythms and mashups for days. This new video “Pass It On” is from Sena’s album Lots Of Trees- a shout out to her Ghanaian roots with none other than Wanlov Kobolor. Street photographer Tacitus Bailey-Yabani also has a cameo as a divine drummer in the background.

Artist: SAUTI SOL

Video Title: SURA YAKO

SOUTI SOL is an Afro-pop Kenyan band that was formed in 2005. The video for their “Nishike” tune released in April 2014 was not exactly what the Kenyan media like so they got no love. In the  end the video was banned from most local TV stations. “SURA YAKO” is  their fourth video off their  third album “LIVE AND DIE IN AFRIKA”

This video plays out a typical Kenyan pre-wedding ceremony. SURA YAKO, which means Your Face, applauds the beauty of an African woman.

Artist: SEUN KUTI

Video Title: AFRICA SMOKE FT. BLITZ the AMBASSADOR

Seun Kuti  put out a video for his song “Africa Smoke” off his latest album “A Long Way to the Beginning.” The song that was inspired by one of Keith Richards poems features Ghanaian born New York based rapper Blitz the Ambassador, and backed by Egypt 80.

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Artist: EDEM

Video Title: THE ONE FT. SWAY

Edem and Sway teamed up to for this crisply shot video. This song  testifies to the energy and versatility of both rappers. Edem has over the years built a huge following with his rap style, all his songs are in his ethnic dailect Ewe [Volta region of Ghana]  “The One” jumps out of your speakers and perhaps Edem’s most strident performance and a gritty bounce that posits “The One” as potentially the twin of Hee Ba. The visuals weave a narrative of liberation colonial oppression and the fight for freedom. This video was shot in the former Ussher Fort Prisons that served as a prison during the colonial era.

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