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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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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

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The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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