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Exclusive: Bantu's 'Roll With Me' Is This Week's Feel-Good Anthem

Zimbabwe's Bantu premieres the music video for his addictive feel-good anthem, "Roll With Me."

ZIMBABWE—Today, we're giving you an exclusive first look at Bantu's new music video for "Roll With Me."


Hailed as "Zimbabwe's answer to Major Lazer," the Los Angeles-based Zim musician spent years writing songs for pop artists before breaking out on his own.

"Roll With Me," premiering here, is an addictive, feel-good anthem that pairs Zimbabwean xylophone and mbira melodies with some potent electro-pop beats.

The single's music video aims to showcase Zimbabwean culture at its fullest.

"'Roll With Me' is the story of a guy pursuing a girl, and the girl playing hard to get," Bantu tells OkayAfrica. "We shot most of the video in Zimbabwe in the local flea markets that I grew up running around in. The children in the video are my grandma’s neighbor’s kids and the dancers are some of the best local dancers in town. I wanted to show the passion and spirit of my city. The fast cars, the native musical instruments and the vibrant colors."

Check out our exclusive premiere of "Roll With me" below.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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