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Stanley Enow & AKA Make African Hip-Hop History With Cameroonian-South African Collab, 'Bounce'

Stanley Enow & AKA make African hip-hop history with the Cameroonian, South African rap collaboration, "Bounce"

Stanley Enow (left) and AKA (right). Courtesy of Motherland Empire


After putting out the first rap collabo between a Cameroonian and Moroccan artist, Stanley Enow continues to make African hip-hop history this week. The Cameroonian rapper’s new single with AKA marks the first hip-hop collaboration between the two nations.

Enow tells us he first met AKA back during the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards in Durban. Enow, who beat out Burna Boy, Phyno and Uhuru to take home Best New Act, mentioned to AKA that he’d love to work with him sometime.

Nearly two years later the conversation has resulted in an AKA-assisted remix to “Bounce.” Yaoundé-based singer Locko also features on the track.

Working with AKA was a lot of fun, says Enow. “He always delivers and he so did on his verse on ‘Bounce.’”

For Enow, collaborating across the continent is important. “It helps to bring (and keep) Africa together as one” the rapper tells Okayafrica over email. “To be played and heard in other places on the continent one needs to cross collaborate.”

Enow of course is no stranger to pan-African collabs. In 2014 he enlisted Ghanaian superstar Sarkodie to jump on a remix of “Njama Njama.” The West African collab resulted in one of the biggest chunes of the year. Earlier this year Enow teamed up with Ice Prince on “Yours” and with Morocco’s H-Name on “We Live Together (Nga Yan).”

Now Enow has his sights on the southern tip of the continent. It’s a historic moment for the Cameroonian and South African urban music industries, the rapper says. “Both our countries are great football nations and it was high time we come together through music too.”

Watch the Johannesburg visuals for “Bounce” below. Listen closely for AKA’s Fela shoutout: “Fela said music is the weapon.”

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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