Nigerian-born music star and international nomad, Mr Eazi, has announced the formation of a new pan-African music group, Choplife Soundsystem.
The group will have UK-based, Kenyan-born Afrobeats disc jockey, DJ Edu as its resident DJ, along with an informal crew of contributing DJs, artistes and producers from across the continent.
Meanwhile, Mr Eazi will be the primary vocalist on ‘Choplife Soundsystem’ recordings, and will also serve as its ‘MC’ or what he calls the ‘Minister of Enjoyment’ at live events.
According to Mr Eazi, ‘Choplife Soundsystem’ derives its name from the popular West African pidgin slang phrase ‘chop life’ meaning, ‘enjoy life’, along with the traditional sound systems that are the backbone of the Jamaican music culture.
In Jamaican parlance, a ‘soundsystem’ is a mobile crew of disc jockeys and MCs, typically financed by a prominent local businessperson, who present music together at public events, such as street parties, clubs and festivals.
This is proven by recent moves from international outfits like producer, Diplo’s ‘Major Lazer’ project put their own spin on the format, functioning as both creators and performers of original music, as well as a tastemaking DJ crew.
With ‘Choplife Soundsystem’, the always-visionary, Mr Eazi, is putting a modern, African twist on soundsystem 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’s ‘Choplife Soundsystem’ launched with events in Cotonou, Benin, Stockholm, Sweden, and Kigali, Rwanda, in 2022.
Mr Eazi will announce further details about ‘Choplife Soundsystem,’ including new music releases, partnerships and live events, later this Spring.
In Mr Eazi’s words, “I am going back to where I started from, hosting the biggest parties at uni, That’s how I started singing.
“I am looking forward to this new and fun ride, and I cannot wait for all the music to start dropping and the accompanying live experience,” he further stated.