At first view, Young Holiday’s ‘The Adventures Of Fambu’ EP cover art gave me a vivid reminder of Kanye’s Graduation album. The playful graphics, cartoon characters and perceived message.
Ashley Tyner described Ye’s covers as “… a key component of his creative practice and a final declarative stamp on his strategically crafted artistic exhibitions.”
Holiday is leaving an impact on Cameroon’s rap scene but of course is not [yet?] anywhere close to having the Ye impact. Still, his work definitely speaks volumes. We can’t deny his ability to showcase a certain level of “strategically crafted artistic exhibitions.”
Holi says Fambu (sweet potatoes) “shows the journey of Fambu through rejection, self recognition and finally, a strong resolution to be the best regardless of societal rejection”.
Much like Graduation, The Adventures Of Fambu too has an audience that will be able to relate to its themes, obviously starting from the average English speaking Cameroonian young man and lady.
While we can’t predict the content, we can easily suggest that the armed crisis in the Anglophone regions, as well as the perceived victimisation of Anglophones definitely makes them landing ground.
Fambu has six songs, produced by The Professor, Jus Kris Beats and Double. Who knows, with this crew he might as well be redefining rap.
25th of July… We await.