SABOLAI RADIO: STAFF PICKS THIS WEEK

K.O. and the Cashtime Life crew

Artist: OBRAFOUR

Video Title: ODASANI FT. MANIFEST

After teaming up with M.anifest in “No Shortcut to Heaven,” the two rap heavyweights combine forces again in Obrafour’s “Odasani.” Odasani is an Akan word meaning human being. The video shows the two rappers, among others, who are imprisoned and made to fight one another to the death for the pleasure of the king (actor John Dumelo).Obrafour and M.anifest execute thought provoking punchlines through Twi proverbs , advising listeners to work together cooperatively to affect sincere change. At the end of the video, the fighters defeat the king. In light of the erratic and ongoing power cuts in Ghana, this video is right on time.

 

Artist: K.O

Video Title: SON OF A GUN

One of Jozi’s hottest rappers, K.O, recently released a video for the street anthem, “Son Of A Gun.” The track is on K.O’s debut solo album, Skhanda Republic, released in November. The song blends samples of old school South African kwaito, women chant circles, gusheshe spinining and hip hop lyrics that demonstrate the distinct and funky flow of South African life. The Cashtime Life co-founder was once a member of the popular hip hop group, Teargas. This year, K.O was ranked number 1 on MTV Base’s “SA’s Hottest MC List.”

 

Artist: UMLILO

Video Title: CHAIN GANG

Capetonian rapper/singer, Umlilo, takes it to the funeral level with this new video. Noted for challenging gender norms, Umlilo funks up a Karl Lagerfeld-like appearance with gold studded eye stunners and loads of androgyny. The funeral mixes a goth fashion show, a rainbow of lipstick colors, smoking sessions, and selfies with the corpse. “Chain Gang” is featured on Umlilo’s upcoming Aluta EP.

 

Artists: GASMILLA FT. CASPATA

Video Title: TELEMO 

Ga music maker and King of Azonto, Gasmilla, has finally dropped a video for the popular single “Telemo,” featuring Capasta. Telemo which means “carry on” in Ga, tells the story of a young guy who does not heed his father’s advice (played by Gasmilla) and decides to marry a girl he met online two months ago. Among other scenes (including booty-shaking Ghana policemen), the video was shot in the Salaga Market, a former transatlantic enslaved industry site in James Town. The video was also directed by Gasmilla.

 

Artist: CRISS WADDLE

Video Title: P3p33p3 FT. MUGEEZ

Criss Waddle is the guy who waits until the end of the year to debut new music. The “Ayi” music maker has released a video for his latest single “P3p33p3,” a Twi word that means “exact.” The song features singer Mugeez of R2bees (who along with the infectious beat makes this a notable track). The video takes shape in a rural area where Mugeez and Waddle fight to win the hand of a young woman, i.e Ahuofe Patri, (who has become a household name through the web series, Boys Kasa).

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