Let me get this out of the way first: I stand by my views -always.
That is why I have always been explicit about my stance on Jovi’s music– I don’t like his language. He is crude and raw.
But here is the other truth: He is true to himself. He sings about his life and his society. He says what he believes in. He is proud of his music AND his roots.
I greatly respect that.
I have never given a review for a music album,let alone an EP, but #Kankwe Volume 1 by ace Cameroonian musician and record producer ;@JoviLeMonstre, deserves it.
I will (of course) give my opinion on each track. The album is free.
If this album was sold, it would definitely have been worth every CFA.
I downloaded and listened to the whole album on repeat
the whole afternoon for some time.
Each song is 3mins on average and there are four new tracks excluding the hit ‘B.A.S.T.A.R.D’ with his protégé, Reni$$. By track order, here they are:
1. Fufu with Njap Ft. Andre-Marie Talla
The blend is incredible. I would have expected to get more of the great Andre-Marie’s voice but Jovi was all over the place with ‘Fufu Witi Njap’. When was the last time you saw the word ‘Fufu’ in a song title? IKR? Sweet!
“ Shidon di kongossa while my music di circulate…”
“Bip no be na call…”
From all indications, Jovi writes his songs from excruciating reflection. It is as though every sentence could seep into pop culture. The only thing left to do is to memorize the whole song. The rap beat…man…
Normally, only a real ‘Don For Kwat’ will understand the jargon. He speaks in the language he knows and understands- that is why the majority can relate with him.
Mboko starts like a default fruity loops beat ( until the real deal hits 5secs later). He talks of himself, his origin and childhood. But also his worries:
“Eto’o tu pars ou nor? You want say make who remain score?”
A plea…maybe? I suppose it is a national one. But I find this song much more…jovial. He is happy here. He is proud of…everything.
“I want chop me na nyamangoro!’.
“If Batibo Coco no be fine coco then why the thing di still sell?”– My best quote in this album.
Can you answer the question? It’s almost talking to me. Here is my angle: if you keep complaining about the government, then why is it still there? OR if you keep saying Jovi’s music is not good, why does everyone listen to/enjoy it?
I get a slight Kendrick Lamar feel here…what about you?
3. Kamer Coke Ft. Daddy Black
This is a club banger. I was shaking all through (and …just so you know …I have been medically diagnosed as: unable to coordinate body movement effectively-meaning I can’t dance.)
The music video will be huge. The beat is awesome. Wicked moves with a proper director and full throttled crew will be memorable.
I think it is short though but then again, good things don’t last.
“I don’t know why they no want lef me….Go away if you came to tempt me…I dey this business na seeka Ngeme.”
Honesty seems to be his trademark. He is not scared of you and you know it.
But if you listen closely, you can also get the innuendo in the:
“ Give chop for massa…” segment.
Maybe it is real food…was I there when he wrote the song? I beg…wouna leave me…
“Check the price on the shopping list, you will find that true love is still expensive”.
If you know any other Cameroonian artiste who has this uncanny ability to utilize jargon effectively, PLEASE let me know. As at now, Jovi’s the King.
“I don’t know you, you don’t know me either…my name no fit remain for your mop …the truth is bitter”.
How smart is that!? See the pun?
I can’t help but picture the music video on Mount Fako. When I listen to the song I think of heights. I see wind, nature and a lot of hope
Resolve too. Like nothing can stop the D4K.
The song is…BWAM!
5. B.A.S.T.A.R.D Ft Reni$$:
Everybody (except yours truly ) loved this song when Jovi released some months back. There are many takes on this: watch for yourself and gauge.
Jovi is good.
Make man no lie…I di jealous me yah….
P.S: I don’t understand half the jargon used in his music. Someone should do an encyclopedia of Cameroonian jargon…seriously….but then again…I am not a true D4k 🙂
Picture credits: http://www.newbellmusic.com.