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Cameroonian Rapper Tilla's Vibrant Debut Single 'Pantana'

Cameroonian rapper Tilla releases her first single "Pantana" on Cameroonian musician Jovi's New Bell Music label,


Tilla, the first female MC signed to Cameroonian rapper Jovi's New Bell Music label, releases an engaging & dual-toned first single with "Pantana." Produced by Jovi under his Le Monstre moniker, the track has Tilla spitting in both Pidgin and English over drum zaps and electronic churns, a firetruck alarm surging under her. The warmer part of "Pantana," which translates to "ganja" in Mboko Pidgin, comes with Cameroonian vocalists Reniss and Shey gently singing over a strolling guitar line, urging the listener to "party, party." Tilla, who started rapping in class seven, cites Lauryn Hill amongst her influences and, on "Pantana," one can hear the same understated confidence that imbues The Miseducation. The song will be the first track on Lord Have Mercy, New Bell Music's compilation EP of artists who signed to the label in the past year along with Jovi and Reniss, expected to drop on January 23. Tilla, who's also featured on the remix of Jovi's "Et P8 Koi 237," is now working on a solo EP, due out later this year. In the wait, listen to "Pantana" below. 

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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