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CIANA Begins Her Cameroonian Rap Takeover With 'Ozeile Nchiengo'

Watch No Hitz No Recordz' CIANA begins her takeover of the Cameroonian rap game with the video for 'Ozeile Nchiengo.'


CIANA has her eye on a full takeover of Cameroon's rap game. Born in Nigeria to Cameroonian-Nigerian parents, CIANA (aka Caroline Takon Jabe) is based in Buea, where according to an interview with Creative and Moving, she studies Geology with a Petroleum engineering focus. Now signed to Buea's No Hitz No Recordz, the ferocious dancer/MC started out as a songwriter before joining forces with an all-male rap group. A year ago she made a one-off introduction with her first single "Bangwa Sense," a no-nonsense banger produced by AnyKindBeats. She's kept relatively quiet since then, and only recently followed up with a second single. "Ozeile Nchiengo" is an ambitious head nodder which translates to “you know I am better than you” in Bangwa. On her debut music video the aspiring First Lady of Cameroonian Rap makes it clear she's ready to begin her reign. Shot in Yaoundé from director Adah Akenji, the heavy-hitting video takes CIANA from behind the mic to the boxing ring as she announces she's "ready to fight," in what we presume is a battle to the top of the Cameroonian rap throne. Watch on below. For more hip-hop from Cameroon, read Okayafrica's Top 10 Cameroonian Urban Artists to Watch plus our "Cameroon By Night" music round-ups from February/March and April/May/June.

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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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