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The Senegalese rapper has released a new video that sees him as the king of the scene in his native country.

Elhadji Diallo (aka Elzo Jamdong) sings and raps in Wolof for the most part and occasionally in English and French. The co-founder of the Senegalese collective JamDong Community has released a new video that sees him as the king of the scene in his native country.

Through a minimalist visual, the unpolished setting plays host to the rapper’s steely bars, which are aimed at his detractors. Dressed in work overalls, he plunges us into an atmosphere of reckoning, which contrasts with a relatively relaxing beat. It oscillates between solitude and violence and forms a stage for  Elzo Jamdong to hail his success, despite all the obstacles.

Listen to Elzo Jamdong in our Pan African Rap playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

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Accompanied by singer Anariii, the South London rapper has announced a new mixtape entitled Vic’s Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3, scheduled for release on July 28.

On “Cigar Talk,”  Vic Santoro reflects on his new lifestyle, made possible by his success, which has given him financial as well as lifestyle benefits. He explains: ” ‘Cigar Talk’ is about being present and acknowledging the journey thus far, reflecting on the hurdles along the way, feeling proud that I overcame them against all odds.” Anariii has also expressed her gratitude at joining him for the track  “Victory.”

This is the first single from the Vic’s Lifestyle: Glory Days Pt. 3 mixtape and while the first two parts of the project were centered around the rapper’s struggles, he defines the end of the trilogy this way: “It’s about a celebration of life, the moments that you hold dear and having the reassured feeling that the dark days are no longer, also a reminder that perseverance and patience will lead to triumph eventually.” Born in Cameroon, and now based in London, Vic Santoro has always drawn strength from poetry and is deeply inspired by Tupac Shakur.

Listen to Vic Santoro in our Songs of the Week playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

 

Swadu Natasa Beckley, a female Sierra Leonean rapper based in the United States of America has just released her debut album titled “Freetown The Recipe”. “Freetown The Recipe” is a 13 track album that combines hip hop, rap, and afro beats. It features the likes of Timaya, Ice Prince, Buckwylla, Sheik Kargbo, Magnito, and Juwhiz. 

The album starts with “Baddest In Town“, followed by “The Recipe”, a personal and heartfelt disclosure that eschews Swadu’s trademark rap skills coupled with a melancholic melody to suit her thoughtful and measured narration.  The song title “Freetown” in the album had been one of her most popular songs since it was released.

Rappers like Meede T, Xzu B, and many others jumped into a challenge with the concept.  Natasha Beckley is a one-time Miss Sierra Leone winner and a contestant for Miss Universe. She is the founder of IAMSL Pageant, and a local ward councilor at the Port Loko District Council, Northern Sierra Leone.  You Can Stream and Download the album on all digital platforms.


 

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