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Jojo Abot's 'To Li' Video Is A Badly Needed Reminder Of Summertime In Brooklyn

Jojo Abot shares the Brooklyn rooftoop video for "To Li," off the Ghanaian vocalist's 'FYFYA WOTO' EP.


In Jojo Abot’s new video she dances in and out of slow motion, bobbing her head on a warm Brooklyn rooftop as hazy images fade in and out. The clip, which dropped this past Thursday, is for the track "To Li," off the talented Ghanaian vocalist’s 2015 conceptual EP FYFYA WOTO which traces the love story of the fictional Ghanaian title character against the backdrop of “slavery and divide.”

Abot, who spends her time between Accra, Copenhagen, and New York City, is harkening back to a long forgotten time of NYC folklore—summer. It’s a badly needed reminder for New Yorkers as we dig out from two feet of 7-11 Slurpee slush.

Portions of heavy delay, 808 drums thump and spacey reggae-inspired synths reverberate through the track while claves pan under Abot’s effortless voice. Doubles and triples of Abot appear as she floats in front of graffiti and paint peeling Brooklyn brick.

"To Li," in the video’s press release, is described as, “a term used to call out a questionable narrative or put a narrator on the spot. It's a dramatic term that cuts through the bullshit and calls it for what it is. In a generation of young people determined to take life by the horns with little tolerance for injustice and inequality, 'To Li' contributes to that narrative and spirit of cutting through the layers in search of honesty and truth.”

The video is produced by the folks at House of Nod and is directed by Robert Kolodny and Abot herself. As Yay Area natives would say, she giggin’ through the visuals. But enough of me describing the joint, peep it below.

Also, don’t forget to support dope artistry and cop FYFYA WOTO on bandcamp.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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