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Jovi Samples An Igbo Sermon In 'Big Vulture' ft. Rachel

Cameroonian rapper/producer Jovi releases "Big Vulture" ft. Rachel, a new track off his forthcoming Mboko God album.


A couple of weeks after featuring on Cameroonian singer Reniss's King of Pop-nodding cut "Michael Jackson," Yaoundé rapper/producer Jovi shares "Big Vulture," a self-produced new track, under his Le Monstre production alias, from his forthcoming Mboko God album. The track features a sunny, horn-backed Nigerian gospel excerpt from an Igbo sermon, which Arkansas-born singer/songwriter Rachel Applewhite (co-founder of Cameroonian hip-hop label New Bell Music with Jovi) echoes over electronic churns and drum taps, leading the way for Jovi's thudding surge into multi-tongued, smooth-gruff rap. Amidst the slowly-sinking Igbo sample and percussive cascades, the Cameroonian emcee raps in a combination of Pidgin, English, and French, urging his listeners to follow their dreams no matter what others say. Listen to Jovi's "Big Vulture" featuring Rachel below. For more from the label, check out New Bell Music's Lord Have Mercy EP from earlier this year, which showcases a fresh crop of Cameroonian rappers.

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Watch Stonebwoy's New Video For 'Tuff Seed'

"People have to realize that they have to be mentally strong and they have to know that they are seeds."

Stonebwoy comes through with the new single, "Tuff Seed."

The uplifting Streetbeatz-produced single sees the Ghanaian star singing about remaining tough and strong when facing life's issues. The accompanying music video for "Tuff Seed" was directed Adasa Cookey.

Stonebwoy recently stopped by Ebro Darden Apple Music Beats 1 radio show to talk about the new single. During that interview he also revealed that he has a new album coming in 2020.

"This story is an emotional one to me with everything that has been happening. I sat back and I got this inspiration," Stonebwoy mentioned in that interview. "People have to realize that they have to be mentally strong and they have to know that they are seeds. No matter what people do to them, or what they go through, they have to get down there, they have to be buried to grow into trees to grow fruit. This is a very inspirational song."

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CANAL+ Group Has Acquired Top Nollywood Studio ROK To Boost Original Content Development

This a huge feat for the 4-year-old Nigerian start-up.

ROK, Africa's leading film studio and international TV network, has been acquired by top French film and television studio, CANAL+ Group, for an undisclosed amount to boost original content development.

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