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First Listen: KAJAMA Pray for Love in the Music Video for 'Lunar Moonlight'

South African future soul electronica duo KAJAMA release their debut music video.

South African soul and electronic music sister duo KAJAMA released their debut EP, Polarity Prism, earlier this year.


One of the songs from the EP, “Lunar Moonlight,” produced by Micr.Pluto, just got the visual treatment. The mysterious love song’s desert-shot music video is as abstract as the track.

It features some ethereal effects and a mysterious character, with a moon for a head. According to the producer, the video celebrates “‘Africanness’ in a contemporary context and more so in a surrealistic sense.”

Vuyo Serote, who handled the effects on the video says the video shows the sisters “praying in song form to the moon for love.”

“The moon hears their calling and descends to earth in response,” says Serote. “The moon appears in the form of an actual moon and that of a man... enter Moonhead. The moon coming to Earth results in a series of somewhat supernatural events that symbolize the drama one goes through when discovering or falling in love.”

Jono Kay, the video’s director describes the concept of the video as “love gone into the galaxy,” adding, “I think we've all had those feelings of painfully searching for something that was never there or no longer there.”

The video is a highly conceptual and collaborative body of work that your eyes need.

Watch the video below and stream or download KAJAMA’s debut EP Polarity Prism underneath. Keep up with KAJAMA on Twitter and Facebook.

Interview

Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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