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Burna Boy Throws A Street Party In His Hometown In The Video For 'Follow Me'

Nigerian dancehall star Burna Boy throws a street party in his homewtown of Port Harcourt in the new music video for "Follow Me"


Burna Boy comes through with the new visuals for his latest dancehall single "Follow Me." The Matt Max-directed music video follows the Nigerian artist as heads back to his hometown of Port Harcourt, the city where he was born and raised, to throw a huge street party with all of his day 1 friends. "Follow Me" sees Burna Boy returning in form to his signature dancehall style after exploring smooth keyboards in "Soke," light guitar rock in "Rockstar," and linking up with South Africa's Da L.E.S and AKA for the party anthem "P.A.I.D." Watch the new music video for "Follow Me" below.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

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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