Audio

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."

Film
(Youtube)

10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (October)

Featuring Nadia Mukami, Zuchu x Joeboy, John Blaq and more.