The DJ Juls train isn’t stopping anytime soon. In between curating playlist on iTunes and dropping mixes for Fader Magazine (Fader Mix), the Ghanaian -British born producer, whose infectious afrobeat sound changed the face of music across West Africa is still going strong .
Off the back of his latest single ‘Gwarn’ comes an exciting animated video. Featuring Nigerian dancehall act Burna Boy, Juls (who produced Burna Boy’s ‘Rock Your Body’) spreads very attractive Caribbean dancehall vibes over smooth afrobeat rhythms. The Gully Bop ‘pussy specialist’ chant at the beginning and Burna’s ‘You have to know everything your woman need before you lose her to a brother like me’ lyric lays bare the theme of ‘Gwarn’.
The POKA directed animated video equally measures up to the irresistible vibe that the song relays. The interesting scenes of the video (albeit subliminal in references) put the lyrics of the song in perspective as we see on the 0.46 seconds mark, where a girl runs her tongue over a Samurai sword.
The video also carries humorous moments as seen on the 1:33 – 1:35 second and 3:00 -3:03 second marks respectively.
From the boom box era of hiphop, the nice Naija flag backdrop (3:20 sec) to unmistakable animated images of Juls and Burna Boy, POKA created a short story about the lives of two friends, Juls ‘the cool dude’ and ‘badman’ Burna Boy.
Gwarn’ is the first single from ‘OJEKOO’, the EP to be released this December. Bet you saw the colourful grafitti.