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Jovi's Gritty Cameroonian Trap Video For 'Zélé'

Cameroonian rapper Jovi shares the music video for 'Zélé,' an afro-trap record where he addresses pressing social issues in his country.


Jovi returns with the visuals for his latest single “Zélé,” a booming rap tune that pays homage to Cameroonian Bikutsi singer Zélé Le Bombardier. The celebrated MC rhymes in his usual mix of Pidgin, English and French, using clever wordplay to address the issues of power shortages, Boko Haram, and economic hardship across his country. His socially-aware lyrics are matched with booming trap beats, produced under Jovi’s beatmaking alias Le Monstre.

In the Ndukong-directed music video, Jovi underpins his message of Cameroonian unity by linking up with people around the capital city of Yaoundé. The rapper dances on top of a van, hangs with a biker crew and gets his hair cut while others dance and congregate around him.

Watch the music video for ‘Zélé’ below, and check out Jovi’s latest EP Raps to Riches here.

 

Interview

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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