X Factor stars from Ghana


Glide through the weekend with music from across the Black diaspora, setting off in Accra all the way to South America. Ghanaian X Factor stars Reggie and Bollie (they are Ghanaian by the way) have this New Girl song that sort of grows on you after a few spins , maybe you might like it too. On a more serious note, Ghanaian indie singer-songwriter Eli got with Wanlov and delivered this powerful ode to Ghana, ‘Gold Coast’ the song speaks to the pervasive corruption within government and how it impacts citizens and environmental degradation.

Youssou N’Dour’s “Serin Fallu” has that oldie infectious sound for real heads and Congolese BM brings us “Makolongulu” which could very well be an episode of a work out video series

AKA’s collabo with Tanzanian Bongo Flava heavyweight Diamond Platnumz is quiet an attempt at cross-cultural fusions ‘Make Me Sing’ is a good dance tune if it moves you chale. Moroccan Samira Said’s 1940’s inspired visuals for ‘Mahassalsh Haga’ is such a beautiful collage for a period piece.

Canadian indie artists Amai Kuda hooks up with M1 (Dead Prez), Kinnie Star and Y for this revolution anthem “We Can Do It”- a worldwide call to action against the fascist war machine. Truth be told Grime is on the rise and these Londoners are not playing, check out Shakka and Chip’s ‘You Don’t Know What You Do to me’

We should probably be paying more attention to the scene in Brazil; if you never did you can start with Ana Carolina and Seu Jorge’s ‘Mais uma Vez’ (Nós Dois). Jamaican singer Christopher Martin’s classic Lovers Rock inspired ‘Is It Love’ brings back nostalgic memories of the 90s.



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