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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.”

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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