I’ve been inspired to make – not sure precisely what to call it but let’s call it – an Afrorap album. It’s not a new genre. Think of it as rap by Africans for Africans (and anyone who enjoys that type of music). It’s Afrobeat with hiphop drums. And the vocals are typically a mix of different languages and local dialects depending on the artist and where they’re from. A good example would be Nigeria’s Falz.
I’ve been working on it for some time now and while I was in Cameroon a few months ago, we shot a video for a track off that album. A handful of people have fed into its creation and development so a mighty thank you to them! Quick and immediate feedback is priceless to small businesses like mine – Yes, I think of myself as a business but that’ll be a different blog post.
The song and video are both called Up Side Down, scheduled to hit all major streaming platforms Friday June 14, 2019.
The song is about the current state of Cameroon as I see it i.e. poverty, hardship, corruption, a dysfunctional nation disintegrating into confusion and chaos by civil war. I’m not political however, I don’t wish to be, the video will confirm that. I filmed my narrative based on what I could see.
I say all of this to say, yesterday, a local station in Cameroon, Boom TV, aired the video as an exclusive. For that, I am extremely proud and geared up to show you what we’ve been working on. Until the 14th…