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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.

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Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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