Artist: SONGHOY BLUES
Video Title: AL HASSIDI TEREI
Malian music group Songhoy Blues put out this video for their debut single “Al Hassidi Terei,” off their up coming “Music In Exile” project. The group was formed as reaction to the unrest in Gao in 2012, which displaced them. In their quest not to be ruined by what had happened, they formed the Band. The debut album, “Music In Exile” is due to be released on February 23, 2015.
Artist: EMMY GEE
Video Title: RANDS and NAIRA FT. ICE PRINCE, CASSPER NYOVEST, PHYNO, ANATII +
After fair reviews for his debut single “Rands and Naira,” Nigerian rapper Emmy Gee has dropped a video for the remix of “Rand and Naira.” The song features “Alobam” hit maker Phyno, Ice Prince, Anatii, DJ Dimplez, Ab Crazy and Cassper Nyovest. This is a great effort at combating Xenophobia in South Africa, but African rappers would so much better without the “Americanized” lyrics and unnecessary cursing. Its a good remix though to be fair.
Artist: SHABAZZ PALACES
Video Title: MOTION SICKNESS
“Motion Sickness” will qualify as a short film with lots of abstracts that sends the viewer on a mental trip which is a great thing. Between the spaced out synths and ambient cords, this picture strings complex abstracts of pain and loss that eases into the music for effect. The song is off the “Lese Majesty” album released in June this year.
Video Title: ARNY FT. PAPPY KOJO & LYRIX
HipHop new comer DNA teams up with rappers Pappy Kojo and Lyrix for his “arNY” video. This tune shows how young Ghanaian rappers are exploring HipHop in their local languages. Pappy Kojo introduces the song with his Fante [largely spoken in the Central/Western Region of Ghana] rap, then DNA comes in with his Ga [mostly spoken in the Greater Accra Region ] and English bars, with Lyrix punctuating the rest of the song with his Fante and English rhymes. One thing is for sure though, the Fante rappers are bringing it like nobody’s business in 2014.