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Cameroonian Hip-Hop & Trap Beats: Jovi’s New EP ‘Bad Music’

MC, producer and label head Jovi shares his latest EP 'Bad Music,' featuring uniquely Cameroonian hip-hop & electronic production.

Cameroonian rapper, producer and label head Jovi returns with his latest project Bad Music—a five-track EP, self-produced by the artist under his alias Le Monstre.


Bad Music doesn't quite live up to its name. Instead, it sees Jovi offering sharp Pidgin, English, and French rhymes while fusing fresh trap beats, understated hip-hop samples and booming electronic production to create a sound that's uniquely Cameroonian.

The artist recently spoke about Cameroon's rich musical history and shared his motivation for starting a record label in his home country in an interview with The Fader. “One of the reasons I started the label was to regain the artistic pride that Cameroon has lost over the years. Cameroon is actually a superpower when it comes to music. I don't think there's a country that plays music like us. We have the best African Jazz artists—guys like Richard Bona who work with Quincy Jones and Japanese Jazz/Bossa Nova artist Sadao Watanabe. We have Manu Dibango. People here don't think highly of hip-hop. They think it's childish. To gain credibility, I have had to demonstrate—using the art form, the engineering, and technology—that we are undeniable."

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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) www.youtube.com

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