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Jovi 'Kankwe Vol. 1'

Cameroonian pidgin rapper Jovi returns with the 'Kankwe Vol. 1' EP.


Cameroon's Jovi hit us over the weekend with a fresh batch of electro-backed pidgin rap on Kankwe Vol. 1. The sample-heavy EP, produced entirely by Jovi himself (as his producer alter-ego Le Monstre), includes four new tracks along with its bouncy lead single "B.A.S.T.A.R.D" with fellow New Bell-stress Reni$$. The EP welcomes listeners in with a nostalgic refrain on "Fufu" before segueing into a heavy-hitting fusion of pidgin/English/French that includes the Yeezus-esque dark-rap of "BWAM!". The EP's title is itself a nod to the vernacular behind Jovi's music. According to the folks at New Bell, "'Kankwe' refers to a pre-colonial mindset and style of art-- the creative process in Africa before the influence of colonization." Look out for Jovi donning a style worn in the North of Cameroon on the EP artwork (above). Kankwe Vol. 1, out now via New Bell Music, is the follow up to H.I.V. and a warm-up for Jovi's forthcoming full-length sophomore effort. Stream it in full below.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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