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Listen to Dr. Chaii's New Afropop Earworm ‘Casanova’

The renowned producer returns with his infectious take on Afropop.

Dr. Chaii recently released the Afropop earworm "Casanova". Infusing elements of pon pon on the mellow love song, the multi-faceted artist smoothly croons his affections to his love interest on the 2-minute jam.

The Zimbabwean-born artist and producer broke through in 2016 after featuring on Sean Paul and Dua Lipa's single "No Lie", before spreading his colourful iteration of Afropop in his solo capacity.

The diverse artist has since notched up massive songwriting and production credits, most notably for his work alongside J Balvin, Camila Cabello and Pitbull on the Grammy-nominated track "Hey Ma".

With further collaborations with Jason Derulo, French Montana and Chris Brown, it's his work with compatriot Bantu that stands out. The two scored a major coup when their infectious song "Jackie Chan" was featured on the FIFA 19 official soundtrack.

The frequent collaborators met again on the Harare-native's last body of work; the collaborative Coming To America EP. The project sees Dr. Chaii explore various rhythms and houses guests such as Bipolar Sunshine and Ice Prince, with "Stretch" featuring DaniLeigh making waves across streaming platforms.

The sprightly "Casanova" maintains that feel-good energy of "Stretch," with its catchy refrain and positive outlook on romance. It's Afropop with a rhythmic pulse and catchy melody.

Listen to Casanova on Apple Music, Spotify and other platforms.




Watch the music video for "Casanova" below:

Dr. Chaii - Casanova (Official Video) youtu.be


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A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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