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JAE5 Connects With Skepta & Rema For 'Dimension'​

Watch the Ghanaian-shot music video for JAE5's debut single, which blends afrobeats with sounds from the UK scene.

Producer JAE5 has been the talk of music circles for years now—initially for his huge work overseeing J Hus' albums and more recently for producing for the likes of Wizkid, Koffee, and Popcaan

The UK-based producer of Ghanaian origin just won a Grammy award last week for his work on Burna Boy's Twice As Tall. JAE5 was responsible for production on the standout album closer "Bank On It," which we named one of the Best Nigerian Songs of 2020.

JAE5 is now sharing his own debut single, "Dimension," and he's brought some noteworthy company in the shape of Skepta and Rema. "Dimension" is a love letter to his home nation of Ghana, a press statement reads, and its music video was shot there.

"For my first single, I wanted to pull off something that represented me well. It had to be heavily influenced by Afrobeats and the UK urban scene," JAE5 mentions in a statement. "Skepta and Rema are the perfect combination. 'Dimension' is a meaningful track with a vibe! Skepta as always delivers the maddest verse and Rema on the hook—that guy just isn't normal! I hope everyone enjoys the track."

Get into this banger below.


JAE5 - Dimension (Official Video) ft. Skepta, Rema youtu.be

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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