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RHEA BLEK Gets Summoned to a New World in The Afrofuturistic Video For Micr.Pluto’s New Single ‘Metanoia’

Watch Micr.Pluto and RHEA BLEK's music video for 'Metanoia.'

Joburg-based producer Micr.Pluto stays pushing the envelope. The mainstay of the country's beat scene recently released an EP, Sonic Atlas. The three-track project features Durban singer RHEA BLEK and veteran rapper Raheem Kemet.


The lead single "Metanoia," which features RHEA, blends the singer's soulful vocals with moody production consisting of eardrum slicing synths and a selection of airy pads that creep in and out of the song's subtle but present bassline. Robin Fassie-Kock's trumpet finds space to co-exist with all those elements in the song.

The music video for "Metanoia" is Afrofuturistic, which is an aesthetic we have grown to expect from the producer and the label he runs Subterranean Wavelength. The artist had this to say about the idea behind the visuals:

"The concept behind the video is about a summoning or a calling to the main character (RHEA BLEK) by 'spiritual' guides inviting her to a different 'world.' So they're basically inviting her to a different dimension and introducing her to a new reality. But overall the concept speaks to progression and making advances as an individual, stepping out of you own zone really. This whole idea was based around RHEA BLEK's experience with writing the track, and what she was going through at the time (which was basically breaking out of a depressive state and setting herself up for better things)"

The producer says working with RHEA was a seamless and organic process. "Everything just came together naturally from production to writing and recording," he says. "What I like about her is the seriousness with which she approaches her writing, but always managing to keep it fun. That balance is a unique trait."

Micr.Pluto worked with long-time collaborator Vuyo Serote to develop the concept of the music video. "I feel like this video was about highlighting black people in empowered states, overcoming , transcending and going just beyond the stereotype of how we are portrayed," says the producer.

Watch the music video for "Metanoia" below, and stream the Sonic Atlas EP underneath.



Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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