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Jabo Premieres The PC-Generated Visuals For 'Pastilla'

Topological data from Morocco and Arabic geometric patterns are all used in producer Jabo's computer-generated "Pastilla" world.


Jabo, a 20-year-old Belgian producer of Moroccan descent, first made his mark on the global bass scene when he was still a teenager as a leading name in the spread of moombahton across Belgium a few years ago. After a string of free download releases that gained the attention of A-Trak and Diplo, amongst others, the young producer is releasing his debut Harissa EP. The 2-track release sees Jabo mixing Moroccan and Middle Eastern sounds with a wide palette of modern bass production.

"Pastilla," the EP's high-energy lead track, is built on frantic, juke-inspired percussion and choppy vocal samples, while "Harissa" is indebted to both zouk bass and Arabic instrumentation. The PC-generated music video for "Pastilla," directed by Dutch visual artist Maarten van der Glas, brings Jabo's sonic aesthetic to life by using Moroccan topological data and Arabic art. In a statement about the video, van der Glas explains,

I wanted to make a video where the main character is a very abstract object and still make it identifiable, likable. The object goes on a journey and encounters many transformations. The abstract object is a icosahedron, a very symmetrical mathematical form that can assume many different forms, also in nature. I also wanted to represent the music in a visual form.... After talking with Jabo I learned the influences are from many regions like: Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Lebanon. Then there are the electronic dance music influences from the West of course. To blend this all I used a totally computer generated world. I used topological data from Morocco, hints of caligraphy and in general a geometric visual language which is known in Arabic art.

Watch the music video for Jabo's "Pastilla," premiering here, and buy his Harissa EP (streaming below), available now on Bandcamp through Belgium's Low Up Records.

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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