Afropop has been subject to revolutionary experiments in recent times featuring an infusion of avant-garde elements in basic Afrobeat works aimed at bringing a new flavor to the already exciting genre. Mr Real’s appropriation of the South African Gqom for the enhancement of his hit single; Legbegbe was a massive success.
Dotman and DJ Tunez’s collaborative effort; Pepesu which borders heavily on a fusion of Latin and Afropop was also a success but the revolution of the improvised genre has a downside. Outside of our continent, we don’t see a lot of these experiments save for a few like Femi’s Senorita and Major Lazer’s Particula visualized, but the duo of Dotman and DJ Tunez are breaking bounds as they bring the flaming hot sauce served in flamenco and drums led Pepesu to our screens this week.
With a salsa dancing introductory scene, one already knows what to expect as the lush scene of salsa dancing couples cues up more picturesque scenes starring Dotman, his muse and a host of others moving along to the basslines of the track which serves as an appraisal of his feelings for the dark-skinned sista he’s after and his intentions for her. His articulation proves fruitful as he’s seen leaving the building with her in the final scene.
The unsullied creativity put into the making Pepesu is the kind we hope to see in coming bicultural projects.