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A screenshot from Shane Eagle's music video for 'PARIS.'

Shane Eagle Releases Imraan Christian-Directed Visuals for ‘PARIS’ Featuring Nasty C

Watch Shane Eagle and Nasty C's Imraan Christian-directed music video for 'PARIS.'

Shane Eagle enlisted the scrupulous eye of Imraan Christian. The Cape Town filmmaker and photographer has positioned himself as a conceptual storyteller who depicts black people (especially Coloured people) with the care they deserve, but are usually denied in most mainstream media.


Shane Eagle has never been one to half-step when it comes to his music videos. He has constantly worked with like-minded director Armsdeal for his visuals which to expand on the stories he tells in his music. A great example is the audio visual project "YellowVerse."

In this latest visual for the song "PARIS," the South African emcee's visions are interpreted by Imraan Christian. The video, which was filmed in the Cape Town neighborhood of Hangberg, tells an open-ended story in which Shane Eagle references childhood, which is a common theme in his music and videos. The story is enhanced by visual effects that add elements of fantasy and science fiction to the story that culminates in Shane getting baptized by a character he encounters as a boy earlier in the video.

The video manages to maintain the raw street-centric energy of the song as the story mentioned above is intercut with performance scenes filmed in the streets of Hangberg where Shane Eagle is flanked by a group of young people.

"PARIS" is a single from Shane Eagle's latest offering, the 23-track album Dark Moon Flower, released in 2019. The song saw Shane sparring with one of his peers, Nasty C. Both rappers are considered top tier lyricists of this generation, and fans had been longing for a collaboration between the two of them.

Watch the music video for "PARIS" below and stream Dark Moon Flower underneath.

Shane Eagle "PARIS" ft. Nasty C (Official Video) youtu.be



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Photo: Shawn Theodore via Schure Media Group/Roc Nation

Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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