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Lady Jay & Sarkodie Share the Video for Their ‘Trapzonto’ Anthem ‘Venus’

Lady Jay spits her bars with a live snake writhing around her neck & hair in the video for "Venus" featuring Sarkodie.

Ghana’s Lady Jay stomped her mark on the scene last year with the release of “Venus,” a wild single that pairs syncopated clicks with raw synthesizers into a sound she calls “trapzonto”—a blend of Southern U.S. trap influences and of azonto rhythms.


“It’s trap...African drums...and mood music,” Lady Jay told Okayafrica in an interview last year.

“Venus” sees Lady Jay and Ghanaian star rapper Sarkodie going in over producer Kuvie’s booming beat work.

Its accompanying music video is a striking affair that, among other crisp shots, shows Lady Jay spitting her bars with a live snake writhing around her neck and hair.

“I am badder than Erykah Badu,” she raps on the track, and she means it.

Screengrab from Lady Jay's "Venus."

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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