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Juls' New Music Video Is An “African Love Story” That Will Warm Your Heart

Ghanaian producer Juls shares an African love story in his new video for "Give You Love" featuring L.A.X.

Juls reminds us once again why he’s one of our favorite producers with his latest song “Give You Love.”


The track features Nigerian singer L.A.X., who sings longingly about the woman he wants to marry atop sensuous guitar strings and smooth jazz horns reminiscent of warm highlife oldies.

The feel-good music video is a tale of the heart that sees a young man vying for love against his overprotective parents’ wishes—anyone with African parents already knows how this story goes. Eventually, though, love conquers all as we see the couple still happily together several years later.

Juls presents the track as “A song dedicated to my Queen. Will love and cherish you forever.”

All the feels.

Watch the heartwarming “Give You Love Above.”

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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