by AIGERIM SAPAROVA
It isn’t often you hear a millennia-old language sprung across a backdrop of cold electronic beats. Lucky for us ANBULEY, the Vienna-born Ghanaian music maker, blends hard electronica with her native Ga language [spoken throughout greater Accra].
She gets the Ga from her grandma. Remixing language lessons over European dance music and talking drums just sounds right. Anbuley also incorporates elements of Angolan kuduro and South African kwaito into her melodies and has collaborated with producers Bert on Beats, Ku Bo and Atropolis just to name a few. Experimenting across geographic and cultural borders, Anbuley keeps her identity music alive, abundant and addictive.
Chale, Black stars are doing their tinz all over the globe.
Get a taste of ANBULEY’s Ga riddims below:
This video is Anbuley’s most recent creation. “M33ba” is Ga for “Why?” Flashing futuristic symbols and twisted traditional motifs decorate a dark screen as a dancing Anbuley sings of unbalanced global power relations that determine African lives. She calls for a plan that will ensure a brighter and happier future for African peoples.
If you think that this video doesn’t shout “GHANA!” then maybe you’ve sipped too much palm wine. The red, yellow and green colors of Ghana print the video marking Anbuley’s national pride. In Ga, “Oleee” means “Don’t you know?”
Here Anbuley shares her revelation of love and its limits from personal experiences. She croons into the camera, “I’m not going to let you play those games with me anymore…beautiful gentlemen, don’t bother me no more.” [translation] You don’t want to mess with a woman who’s made up her mind.
Kemo’ Yee Keke
Anbuley goes a step further with this track that’s all about female self-realization. The punching lyrics contrast with the delicate ballerina costume that Anbuley rocks in the video. “Kemo’ Yee Keke” means “Just say yes” in Ga.
In a recent interview with TropicalBass, Anbuley reveals that the track “is about oppression. You often meet people in your life who want you to say yes to everything. The lyrics are about a man who tried to oppress me. What an idiot!”
“Suomo” translates into “Love.” Anbuley speaks of the intensity of a romance between her and an unnamed lover. The video is psychedelic, colorful groovy and strangely reminiscent of Austin Powers. Anbuley could easily be one of the beautiful babes that takes on any international man of mystery.
Keep up your Ga lessons with ANBULEY right here.