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South African House Meets D.C. Rap In Asheru's 'So Amazing' Video With HHP

Asheru releases the video for 'So Amazing,' with Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP), Harrison Crump and Omar Hunter El, off his 'Sleepless in Soweto' LP.


Socially conscious MC Asheru professes his love for South Africa in the video for the house-infused "So Amazing." Riding on guest spots from Motswako king Hip Hop Pantsula (aka HHP), Harrison Crump and Omar Hunter El, "So Amazing" is the final track off the D.C. rapper's 2013 record Sleepless In Soweto, which he wrote during his three years spent traveling between D.C and South Africa. Truly a Pan-African affair, Asheru’s latest features a slew of artists from the States, South Africa and Sierra Leone, with album cover visuals coming in from Nigerian-born artist Aniekan Udofia. In the words of the "So Amazing" MC, Sleepless in Soweto is “a living breathing document of solidarity between Africans & African Americans; tied together through the language of Hip Hop."

Produced/directed by Nicky Campos and shot in Johannesburg, the video opens with a party scene under (green screened) fireworks, as Asheru and co.'s smooth vocals glide over a popping house beat. HHP lends his syncopated flows and effortless dance moves to the party-track. Watch the video below and take a look at a behind-the-scenes clip here.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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