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."


The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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