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James BKS Brings Inheritance And Legacy Themes To The Forefront In New Video – [WATCH]

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French-born Cameroonian producer James BKS’ music is a meeting point between traditional African rhythms, choirs and avant-garde urban sounds. His new single “No Unga Bunga”—released today via Idris Elba’s 7Wallace label doesn’t shy away from this.

“No Unga Bunga” is the first track off his forthcoming EP, set for release in 2021. It touches on self-belief, heritage and grief, with a sample of the Super Beagle classic “Dust A Sound Boy” looped throughout over James BKS’ signature sound rich in percussion. 

Stream “No Unga Bunga”: https://ada.lnk.to/NoUngaBunga 

“No Unga Bunga’ is a gathering cry and a message to face adversity by standing proud, strong and united. With the sad loss of his father Manu Dibango to COVID-19 earlier this year, James BKS grapples with continuing and embracing his father’s legacy, In “No Unga Bunga” he goes, (“Mama said go be great, bloodline royal in your vein”), while also reflecting on his career as a DJ, producer and songwriter.

Director and photographer Mahine SEF has brought to life a rhythmic and intense music video with inheritance and legacy themes as central. With dozens of artistic references, Mahine is a name to remember in the French audiovisual landscape. He has collaborated successfully with French and African artists such as DJ Arafat, Runtown and Memphis Depay.

James BKS is the leader of a mixed and eclectic community in the music video, leading us to a post-apocalyptic universe where life no longer seems to exist. Yet energy and hope emanate from this nation where several portraits are superimposed and give life to an urban and modern setting filled with Africanity, an implicit representation of James BKS’ multiculturalism.

The notion of movement is explored through the presence of the Guinean dancer and contortionist Abdoulaye Keita. Luka Austin, French krump champion, lends himself to the game of choreographer accompanied by members of The Vipajiz (Parisian afro-urban dance group) who emit a communicative energy. We also find out the beautiful Senegalese model Mame-Anta Wade, muse for Rihanna (Fenty) and YSL. A young girl rises and shines on the screen, she is the symbol of the handover and the legacy message precious to James BKS. The 12-year-old dancer Elysha, is already very popular on social media.

The song ponders his internal battle and his desire to stand on his own and create his own lane. James BKS explains, “This song is about me embracing my path no matter how hard or long the road to success might be. ‘No Unga Bunga is about heritage, not material things but what is truly meaningful and precious: education, love, lessons, advice, time”.

James’ music is a perfect crossover of his African roots (a nod to his father, the legendary late Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango) and urban hip hop sensibility – having grown up in the US and produced for the likes of Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, and Mr Eazi as well as French music icons Booba and Soprano.

James BKS is a unique artistic figure. His music, like his person – two inseparable entities as they reflect each other – are the fruit of an unusual initiatory journey, between acceptance of Cameroonian roots long ignored and the discovery of an innate talent for music production. A unique and singular entity, James BKS’s project reflects his passage from the shadows, as a producer, to light, as an artist in his own right. 

Carrying meaning and a movement that goes beyond his person, the music of James BKS, unifying by nature, unites around causes that connect people of African descent as well as all those who wish to reconnect with their heritage. A producer for a time, he developed his paw and cut his teeth with renowned urban figures. As an artist today, he relies on independence by setting up his structure, a creative house welcoming his own artistic compositions.

James had an unexpected reunion with his biological father, Manu Dibango (celebrated Cameroonian musician, songwriter and instrumentalist who played the saxophone and vibraphone). His heritage has additionally influenced him to compose music, between hip-hop sounds, African percussions and pop melodies – that reflects on his identity.

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‘Celina’: German-born Ghanaian rapper, Salim Montari Pushes Boundaries With New Hit

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German rapper with Ghanaian origin, Salim Montari is making waves in Germany after the release of his new single ‘Celina’. Having gained nationwide acclaim with his debut single, ‘Moonwalk’, Salim Montari has been inspired by Pop Smoke’s relatively short music career and is ready to stir up the music world.

He plans to do so not only with his modern Trap and Drill sounds, but in his own language, making him one of the most exciting newcomers of the moment. Salim Montari is more than just a new generation rapper. Rather, he is an entertainer who knows no limits with his energy and creativity. In an interview with Salim Montari ‘Montari Flex’ he said ‘’I am making a huge impact in Germany, my music has been accepted by everyone there. You can tell from my numbers on Spotify and other streaming platforms. My song ‘Moonwalk’ made over 5M Spotify streams, approximately 2M views YouTube and earned a soundtrack in a Netflix film, ‘’Asphalt Burning’’.

Salim’s new single ‘Celina’ was produced by Brasco and you can check it out here: https://youtu.be/bo4r31v3F0I

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Premiere: Reekado Banks’ “Speak To Me” Visuals Destined To Creep Its Way Up The Charts [WATCH HERE]

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Nigerian star Reekado Banks has teamed up with fellow Nigerian afrobeats superstar Tiwa Savage for an exciting start to 2021. The two acts release “Speak To Me” today, which comes from Banks’ latest project release Off The Record. The upbeat, colorful track is likely destined to creep its way up the charts, and the familiar faces present throughout the newly released music video, directed by Adasa Cookey, will definitely help.

Big Brother Nigeria reality personalities Brighto Osemudiame and Wathoni Anyansi lend their beauty and energy to the fun, light hearted visuals for “Speatk to Me.”

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Bisa Kdei Set To Drop Visuals For His Gyakie-assisted Bonafide Highlife Tune

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Bisa Kdei featuring Gyakie - Sika Video Directed by Abass

Ghanaian native solo singer and record producer, Bisa Kdei is set to premiere the official visual representation – directed by Abass- for his Gyakie assisted feel-good bonafide highlife tune dubbed ‘SIKA’. The song, (the twi word for Money) is a love Ballad, reminding us that, although life may be easy with money at hand, love is what keeps us grounded. Stream song here: https://bounce.lnk.to/Bisa-Sika

In the song, the Highlife Lord sings to his love that, once he is financially stable, she will want for nothing, but for now, he appreciates that their love is enough. His butterfly sweet vocals and intentional lyrics perfectly blend with traditional highlife instrument. Gyakie adds a sultry depth, making Sika a beautiful and authentic duet that takes us back and reminds us that Ghana’s original sound is timeless.

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Premiere: Ishak Spark Ignites Love In Yaa Pono Assisted Tune; ‘My Own’ [WATCH HERE]

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Ishak Spark has proven to be a mad talent over the years and he has just re-affirmed it with his latest single titled ‘My Own’ which features ace rapper Yaa Pono. He is currently building a steady impact in the industry and hence, faces no pressure to be as big as the A-list artists. The pressure is to put the music out there to get people to listen to it.

He has collaborated with the likes of Gasmilla, Yaa Pono and has a controversial hit song with Ras Kuuku titled “Nkomo”.

In narrating the making of his single with Yaa Pono, he had this to say, “Joesun the producer came home and started playing something while I was out playing football, I came to hear what he had played and then I liked the beat.

Immediately I recorded it and then he suggested we put Yaa Pono on it so I hit him up and he asked me to send the song to him, I did and within 20 minutes he sent me a verse”.

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