Who Is Yaw Tog
Imagine being a high school student and being credited with being the face of a budding sub-genre of music.
That is the case of Yaw Tog, a student of Opoku Ware Senior High in Kumasi whose drill rap track “Sore” is making airwaves and making the Kumasi drill scene more mainstream.
Yaw Tog real name Thorsten Owusu Gyimah, is a fast-rising Ghanaian drill musical sensation from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
He is marked as a pivotal contribution to the emerging drill scene which started in Ghana’s Ashanti regional capital of Kumasi.
He is a final year student of Opoku Ware Senior High studying General Arts.
Yaw Tog is tasting fame for the first time with his single “Sore” (meaning ‘rise up’), which topped the Apple Music, Audiomack, and Boomplay charts upon release.
Waking up to see the track he recorded with his friends in their home studio go viral on Twitter, and then on Instagram, was more than a dream come true. “I know I couldn’t have done this without my brothers,” he says. “We all work together, and we all push our sound together.”
His brothers, in this case, are O’Kenneth, Jay Bahd, and City Boy, who featured on the single. “Sore” has become the anthem for Asakaa and Yaw Tog has become its poster boy.
“Sore” was released as a single on September 3, 2020, featuring other young rappers such as O ‘Kenneth, City Boy, Reggie, and Jay Bahd who are all high school students too.
On September 18th, a video of the song shot on the streets and directed by Koopoku Studios was uploaded to YouTube.
Shortly after, the video began to gain traction on micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Following the demise of Pop Smoke, one of the biggest drill stars in the last couple of years, there has been a surge in the number of artists across the world trying their hands at the sub-genre.
“Sore” is yet another proof of affection for the rap subgenre born in Chicago and exploded outside the States, starting in the United Kingdom,” says Billboard Italia in the feature published on the young ‘Kumerican’.
The Ghanaian rap scene has been set ablaze by the sudden popularity of Kumasi drill music.
The African music scene is known to be versatile, varied, and eclectic and has given the world amazing gifts like afrobeat, afro trap, hip-life, and hi-life.
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