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Check out Cameroonian Crooner Vagabon’s New Ode to Female Power

The singer dropped a video for new single "Every Woman" today, shot by fellow Cameroonian director Lino Asana.

Cameroonian-born singer-songwriter Laetitia Tamko, better known as her stage name Vagabon, has been spoiling us with delights as of late. First, the crooner teased us with two singles, "Flood" and "Water Me Down" from her forthcoming sophomore album, Vagabon, a work she wrote and produced herself. And today, she surprised us with a new single and video for "Every Woman"—a track Tamko claims is the "thesis of the album," as per a press statement reported by The Fader magazine


"Every Woman" takes its inspiration from a Nayyirah Waheed poem which reads "all the women. in me. are tired." Tamko plays with it and sings instead "All the women I meet are tired" and other slight variations over a simple and lilting, lullaby like strumming guitar—the absence of percussion making her words and her voice that much more prescient of the female power she is singing about. It's the kind of track that, if you were at a cafe on a Sunday morning, would make you look out the window appreciatively in a way looks deep, reflective. Tamko says the track is "an ode to all those who feel different and who actively search and fight for space."

Vagabon - Every Woman (Official Video) youtu.be

The video, shot by fellow Cameroonian Lino Asana, is features Tamko in a simple setting going about her day and playing music in and around a bubble—a sort of bastion of peace, her fort in the wilderness. It evokes Tamko's childhood in Cameroon and what she says was a way of living "simply and humbly"—a feeling she doesn't think could have been as well captured with a director that did not share her country. Vagabon's upcoming self-titled album is due out this Friday, be on the lookout for it and catch her on her upcoming North America tour.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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