One of my favorite Ghanaian artists M.anifest aka M dot ti do ti doh, has just released a new single, “Makaa Maka” from the album Immigrant Chronicles. The video, shot in Madina, uses the community’s daily hustle amidst its dirt roads to set the gritty tone of the song.
M.anfest wearing his signature africana and colorful beads stands on train tracks as he announces apologetically to Ghana and the rest of Africa that he has arrived to claim his rightful spot as one of Africa’s best lyricists. With this braggadocious hip hop anthem he flows from English, to Twi, to Pidgen, and back saying:
“E noh be say ah dey rush e noh be say as dey touch e just be say the level where I dey you noh fit touch”
The phrase “Makaa Maka” translated from Twi means “If I said it I said it” or “I say it without apology.” It was popularized in the 90s by Ghana’s Hiplife godfather, Reggie Rockstone. M.anifest makes ‘makaa maka’ his own while paying homage to those who’ve paved the way.
BBC’s The Strand recently chose M.anifest as top 5 artists to watch in 2012,. The video was shot and directed by RGB Studios’ Isaac Offei Awuah and produced by Kwabena Jones.
More Vim to M dot it doh ti doh!!!
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