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Holy Forest's Hand-Animated Gambian Video For 'Africa Calling'

Watch Holy Forest's Gambian-shot music video for "Africa Calling," the lead single off the project's self-titled debut album.


Holy Forest is a new musical project from songwriter and documentary filmmaker Jon Fine (Still Bill, Herbie Hancock's Possibilities), who recorded an album over 3 years across the Gambia and several cities in the United States. "Africa Calling," the lead single from the self-titled Holy Forest LP, pairs the virtuosic sounds of Gambian griot Tata Din Din Jobarteh (aka the Jimi Hendrix of the kora) with the robust vocals of Harlem-based singer Ed “Preachermann” Holley and horns from members of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra on a song inspired by a trip to the Makasutu forest.

The music video for "Africa Calling," which we're premiering here today, blends street shots from the Gambia and album recording sessions in NYC with striking hand-animation by Maya Erdelyi, who took inspiration from batik colors the crew saw in Banjul and across the country. Watch the music video for "Africa Calling," directed by Fine and animated by Erdelyi, below and grab the single on iTunes. Holy Forest's 11-track debut album is due this fall.

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LOGAN, Emtee's third full-length album, counts as his first offering since making a foray into independence, following his departure from Ambitiouz Entertainment in 2019 and the subsequent formation of his own imprint, Emtee Records.

LOGAN continues Emtee's long-standing tradition of naming his albums after people dear to him. His first album, released in 2015, was named Avery after his firstborn son. His second album, Manando (2017), was named after a deceased OG of his from his hood, who used to protect and guide him back in the day. The current album is named after his second-born son, Logan. The only deviation from this tradition has been the naming of his EPs DIY (2015) and DIY 2 (2018). Even then, he still managed to have a silhouette image of him and his two sons on the cover of DIY 2.

Since debuting in 2015 with the smash hit "Roll Up", Emtee (real name Mthembini Devu) has had a decorated yet tumultuous career. As the marquee artist of the then-emerging record label Ambitiouz Entertainment, he was poised for greatness given his sheer talent and star power.

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