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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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