‘WO KUM APEM BEBA’ – Jay Bahd and the Asakaa Boyz Lead the Drill Scene in ‘Kumerica’, Ghana
Jay Bahd is one of the figure heads of the Ghanian drill, or ‘Asakaa’, music scene. Bahd and his crew, known as the ‘Asakaa Boyz’ are changing Ghanaian hiphop – mixing US inspiration with the power of a distinct Ghanaian message.
Obibini: Putting Ghanaian Hip-Hop on the map
October 23rd was the day David Kwaku Effum Boafo was born and he later adopted the stage name Obibini which is an acronym for “Obviously Black Is Beautiful Infinite & Naturally Inspiring”, which just makes his name even more unique. Obibini is making great strides in trying to make a name for himself on the
Michael Owusu Addo, also known as Sarkodie is a thirty-six-year-old rapper from Tema, Ghana. Sarkodie has been in the music industry for over fifteen years and consistently remains on top. He has received over 200 awards and nominations that which include BET and MTV awards in the United States. Many people are most familiar with
CFP: Politics of Language in African Hip Hop
The question of language in African literature was debated in the 1960s and 1970s. At the heart of the debate was: who qualifies as being an African writer? and what qualifies as African literature? African authors like Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Chinua Achebe weighed in on different sides of the debate. Today a similar debate is occurring in various hip hop communities in Africa. Please see the call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of African Cultural Studies on Language and Hip Hop in Africa. Abstracts due: November 8.
EDEM – Favour (feat. Efya & Sarkodie)
The song Favour by EDEM featuring Efya and Sakordie is a tremendous musical message that highlights some essential ideals of Black Positivity. The opening scenes’ whole dynamic provides us with a glimpse of what the root topic will be. The first scene starts from the skin of a Black woman then proceeds to give the