SABOLAI RADIO RAIN ON A SUNNY DAY MIX

Delasi's "Afemakpor" from the Thought Journey album features on this week's mixtape. Illustration by Bright Ackwerh.

We are going to assume everyone on the continent and in the diaspora is familiar with the Jollof wars between Ghana and Nigeria. The scoreboard doesn’t look very good for Naija at the moment, so unless they can muster a rebuttal in the next few days Deborah Vanessa just upped the ante with “Ghana Jollof”. Look out for the cameos by Wanlov, Mutombo da Poet and master sculptor Kofi Rasta as posh Nigerian video vixens.

Looking back on the Highlife music scene (specifically the ‘80s until the early ‘90s), the bands that still exist wouldn’t exceed more than five. That is why Akablay’s new single has Accra craving that nostalgic palm wine sound again. “Take Away” packs powerful rhythms reminiscent of those golden Highlife music years. Add the fiery rhymes of Kumasi rapper, Cabum, and Ghana just might have another memorable collabo.

Ghanaian rapper/producer Jayso gets credit for launching the careers of some of the country’s most notable rappers. “Little Monsters” has been flying under the radar all the while iconizing Jayso’s status in the “super agent” animation piece with Sarkodie.

Blitz the Ambassador stirs up popular African riddims mixed with foreign vintage soul in a pot of hard-hitting beats and lyrics that have meaning to folks of African descent worldwide. He bridges the link between Africans both home and away, with themes of social justice and liberation. “Running” charts the path of a pending return to Black spirituality and ancient knowledge systems.

 Delasi is the ultimate outcome when you fuse a concerned citizen, environmentalist, and a visionary for a better world. Definitely one of the most slept-on Ghanaian artists, Delasi sweeps listeners off their feet like a superpower, drawing audiences in deeply when they hear him perform live. The artist is a rapper, singer and producer – his lyrics are often a mix of pidgin and Ewe (the language from the Volta Region) and he often touches on politics and societal issues (state harassment, corrupt structures) as well as addressing the everyday man, relationships and matters of the heart. Here’s Delasi with “Afemakpor”.

 

From the streets of Ethiopia, Jano Band breathes African soul into classic rock ‘n roll. Infusing lucid guitar riffs with bright vocals and traditional, soulful ballads, Jano Band brings the rain in this live performance of “Darigne”.
 Soprano’s “Le Diable Ne S’Habille Plus En Prada” has over six million hits on Youtube – people love this dude. You should be curious about the Comorian-French rapper, too. The “Big Black, British-Ghana-man”, Stormzy is taking grime worldwide and dropping gems everywhere. “Scary” is a good placeholder as fans await another album.
 Baloji continues to pour his feelings towards the continent with brilliantly expressed Kinshasa Succursale. Rapping in Belgian, the fabulous bass synths of  “Unite & Litre”  falls towards electronic developments and the timeless rhythms of Congolese soundscapes.
Before her current rap moniker, she was Lady Lesha — a play off her real name, Melesha O’Garro. But after a hook from one of her early songs echoed “Leshurr (shurr)” and the exaggeration of the pronunciation became popular, it just stuck. Most of you will remember Lady Leshurr from her “Queen’s Speech” freestyle videos. “Where are You Now?” featuring Wiley is quite cheeky and fun at the same time. But at the expense of all the Femcees who, according to Lady Leshurr, have fallen off.
Ghalileo has a new single for his Accra fans – “Those Children”. An ode to the looming insurrection in Ghana led by young people fed up with tyranny, generational bullshit politics, and the blatant oppression of Ghanaians at the hands of corporate governments. He utilises visuals from a Ghanaian funeral to offset a pidgin liberation rhetoric that is both hip hop and funky. Definitely one to watch. Enjoy.

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