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Liberian singer resident in Accra Ghana, Gloria Johnson AKA Lady Glow has launched the video of her new catchy tune GAYO. It is the first single off her coming album, and features Xali Hali and Wanlov Kubolor.

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GAYO treats the ears to a sweet blend of Ghana highlife with the feel of Soukous and Makossa, inspiring us to twist our waists and let our hair down. It is produced by King dee and mixed by Pidgen music boss, Panji Anoff.

GAYO means Creativity, and here’s wishing Lady Glow and her team many decades of it.

Listen and download the track here-

https://soundcloud.com/user-996722006/lady-glow-gayo-ft-xali-hali-wanlov-the-kubolor

To be in touch with Lady Glow, connect with her on Instagram and Facebook

https://www.instagram.com/lady__glow/

https://www.facebook.com/LadyGlowBlackdotcom/

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AND NOW, AFRIKAJUMP PREMIERES GAYO VIDEO DIRECTED BY WANLOV KUBOLOR IN, 4…3….2…1..

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Ayetoro, Afrobeat and Jazz ensemble from Nigeria is not alien to avid Afrobeat lovers. The band founded by pianist Funsho Ogundipe has consistently churned out great music for well over a decade and is not relenting.

The eclectic band with members from Nigeria, Ghana and the UK has seen singers like Asa, Okwei Odili, Teni Ade and more pass through on their musical journey, a testament of Funsho’s love for nurturing budding musicians and artists. The band has collaborated with some of the brightest musical and creative minds from different parts of the world.

Ayetoro has released a video for Yaro, the first single off their coming album which is yet to be titled. Yaro is coming on the heels of Irunmole, Ayetoro’s 2016 album which was well received, and has recently been released in vinyl format.

Yaro is Hausa for boy. The story is about a young man who wishes to join a secret group dedicated to the enlightenment of the common people.  In joining he is asked three philosophical questions.

In other related news, it was Ogundipe’s birthday some days ago. 8th precisely. Happy belated birthday Funsho, and thanks for the music.

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The song and the video are in Hausa. Click the link to enjoy more sounds of Ayetoro, and peep the video below.

https://ayetoro.bandcamp.com

Vodun or Voodoo festival celebrated every January in Ouidah Benin is a testament of Beninese’ resilience and commitment to their ancestral spirituality. The practice which is often misunderstood and painted in bad light was once banned by the West African nation’s imperialist oppressors until 1994. In 1996 it was declared one of Benin’s national religions; seeing as sixty percent of the country’s population continue to practice it, sometimes alongside Islam and Christianity.

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The ancient belief is practiced by over 60 million people worldwide.

In the festival devotees give offerings to ancestral spirits, ask for peace and blessings with rituals led by the Vodun Chief priest in Ouidah. They also pray at the sea for the souls of those who were forced into slavery some hundreds of years ago. Ouidah, like Nigeria’s Badagry was a major port of transportation of millions of people who were stolen from Africa’s Western region. These Africans are responsible for the export of the spiritual practice in some other parts of the world like Haiti, Cuba, America, Brazil and the United States.

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Leke Alabi-Isama a documentary photographer from Nigeria attended this year’s edition of the vibrant and energetic festival, and was gracious enough to share some of his shots from the event.

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To see more from the artist, check out his website below, and also subscribe to our blog.

http://www.alabiisama.com/

 

 

In keeping to one of our major themes of showing the best of Africa, and the rest of the world, we caught up with an artist on the rise, from Ghana’s Eastern Region.

Accra based POETRA ASANTEWA is a strong example of human and artistic metamorphosis. She has come a long way from the shy girl who was hesitant to take the microphone at an event we attended at Nubuke foundation in Ghana almost 7 years ago, to a fully fledged poet; writer; singer and more.

Poetra is evolving into an artist whose endeavors cannot be tamed. Her lyrics are unafraid; unbridled; passionate and yes, explicit – this lady owns her womanhood and sexuality hundred percent, a necessity for the progress of women, and women artists in Africa and elsewhere.

We are also proud of her entrepreneurial spirit. Her fashion label, ALIKOTO Clothing produces authentic and exciting Ghanaian fashion that matches all kinds of personalities and pockets. When Ama Asantewa Diaka isn’t being Poetra; the fashion designer and singer, you can catch her doing geeky tech stuff with computers. AFRIKAJUMP caught up with her to ask about some of her plans in 2017 and her wonderful work, in 7 questions. Enjoy.

AFRIKAJUMP- When did you realize you could make magic with words?

POETRA- I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember; my earliest memory of writing was when I was in class 4 and my classmates gave me empty exercise books to fill it with short stories. I always thought it was ordinary, I never thought my writing was a big deal until I started getting huge feedback after sharing my work on social media. So I guess, that was the moment of self-actualization; that was when I realized I could make magic with words

AFRIKAJUMP- In your piece with Akan, ‘Vote for me’ you were very vocal about corrupt Politicians in your society. In a world where many feel it is safer to keep quiet, why is it important to you to use your art for activism, and in speaking against societal ills?

POETRA- All we have is art, to be very honest.  Art distills, art reveals, art hides in plain sight when needed, art tells the truth. And as an artist I am obliged to be honest with my art, and for my art to be relevant to my community. I cannot imagine creating work that does not directly or indirectly affect my community. There is nothing safe about being silent or turning a blind eye on issues.

 AFRIKAJUMP- What challenges in your work made/make you throw your hands in the air, in a rage? And how do you deal with it?

POETRA- In Ghana, I don’t have the luxury to be just an artist. I have to be artist, promoter, organizer, sponsor, event coordinator – I have to be it all. And it is frustrating having to be all these things in order to get your art out there. But the desire to just create is an urge that never goes away. And that keeps me going.

AFRIKAJUMP- In 2015 you released your first spoken word EP ‘Motherfuckitude’ and it clearly announced you in your home country and beyond. What inspired it?

POETRA- Motherfuckitude is the result of coming from a place of struggle and emotional imbalance. It was a project to override my limitations, insecurities and ineptitude.

AFRIKAJUMP- You are a tech person who designs, edits, floats a fashion label amongst other interests, how has having several skills impacted your work as an artist?

POETRA- Having different skills means that each interest or skill seeps into the other. It means that my attention for detail is seen both in my writing and my designing; it also means that I struggle to juggle all these interests, but the struggle ultimately feeds into inspiration for more art.

AFRIKAJUMP- Any past, present or future project(s) you would like us to know about?

POETRA- Working on releasing a lot of new material this year, and working on my album!

AFRIKAJUMP- Can you try to describe your city in one word? Okay two words max.

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 To get lost in the words and voice of this artist check her Soundcloud page. You can get updates, LIKE her Facebook page. ❤

https://www.facebook.com/PoetraAsantewa/