Nigerian-born music superstar, business visionary and international nomad Mr Eazi has formed a new pan-African music group, Choplife Soundsystem.
The group will also consist of UK-based, Kenyan-born afrobeats selector and tastemaker D.J. Edu as its resident D.J., along with an informal crew of contributing D.J.s, artists and producers from across the continent. At live events, Mr Eazi will be the primary vocalist on Choplife Soundsystem recordings and serve as its MC — or Minister of Enjoyment.
Choplife Soundsystem derives its name from the famous West African pidgin slang phrase chop life, meaning “enjoy life,” along with the traditional sound systems that are the backbone of Jamaican music culture. In Jamaican parlance, a sound system is a mobile crew of D.J.s and M.C.s, typically financed by a prominent local businessperson, who present music together at public events, such as street parties, clubs and festivals.
“I’m going back to where I started, hosting the biggest parties at uni,” Mr Eazi says. “That’s how I started singing. I am looking forward to this new and fun ride, and I can’t wait for all the music to start dropping and the accompanying live experience.”
Recent years have seen international outfits like producer Diplo’s Major Lazer project put their spin on the format, functioning as both creators and performers of original music and a tastemaking D.J. crew. With Choplife Soundsystem, the always-visionary Mr Eazi is putting a modern, African twist on sound system culture, incorporating genres like amapiano and afrobeats to curate the ultimate African party experience— both on original studio recordings and at curated live events.
Inspired to take the vibe and spirit of his successful Ghana holiday party Detty Rave on the road, Mr Eazi “soft launched” Choplife Soundsystem with events in Cotonou, Benin; Stockholm, Sweden; and Kigali, Rwanda, in 2022. Mr Eazi will announce further details about #ChoplifeSoundsystem, including new music releases, partnerships and live events, later this Spring.
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