Sounds From This Side: Asakaa Drill

Featuring Yaw Tog and the Life Living Records crew

Over the past decade, the soundscapes from Africa have continued to enjoy increasing momentum. Africa to the world has become a popular rallying cry by the continent’s best talents whose works have been amplified on the global stage in almost every mother tongue imaginable.

Right on our very doorsteps, we continue to witness the birth, adoption and evolution of the continent’s hottest emerging sounds which continue to penetrate our global tastes in a post-digital world. From Johannesburg in the South to West Africa’s most exciting cities of Kumasi and Agege.

Fulfilling our mission of championing the sounds of tomorrow: today, the NATIVE’s August Digital cover story outlines the rise and rise of Drill music being made in Ghana, specifically out of Kumasi. Across the continent, more and more ambitious young rappers have been adopting the sonic ticks of the Rap subgenre, none more visible than the formidable sect from the capital city of the Ashanti region. Spearheaded by teen breakout star Yaw Tog and the expansive Life Living crew, Kumasi Drill has captured the hearts of its immediate listeners while traveling beyond local borders. The present is bright, but the future is much, much brighter for Kumasi Drill. Here’s the story of one of the most thrilling sounds in Urban African music.

Full Credits:

Editor-In-Chief: Seni Saraki 

Managing Editor: Tami Makinde

Lead Editor: Damilola Animashaun

Writer: Sarah Osei 

Creative Assistant: Ada Nwakor

Editorial Assistant: Wonu Osikoya

Editorial Interns: Mooreoluwa Wright, Nwanneamaka Igwe, Bolakale Ogboye

Photographer: Fiifi Abban 

Creative Producer: Ekow Barnes 

Production Manager: Prince Suasie

Stylist: Shadrach Stone 

Co- Stylist:  Emmanuel Affedzie 

Designers: Studio Kojokusi, GHANA TO THE WORLD

Hair/MUA: Judah Odei 

Director:  Maxwell Adjavon

DOP:  Kwesi Botchway 

Co-DOP: Kofï Sarpong 

Edit: Kwesi Botchway 

Colour: Fiifi Asiamah Kusi 

Check out our world map and read the cover story here.

Image credits: Fifi Abban