Rhyme Report

Published on February 20th, 2020 | by Christopher Wallace


“Ju Ju” Shirazee Ft. SAINt JHN

In a Black History celebration Afropop singer, songwriter and Benin native, Shirazee, after having written songs for Afrojack, Sting, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiesza and Twista to name a few, Shirazee releases the upbeat jam “JUJU” featuring  SAINt JHN (the  recent Soul Train Award recipient who co-wrote and featured on Beyonce’s “Brown Skin Girl” song from “The Lion King” soundtrack and also recently hit the #1 spot for his song “Roses on the UK Official Charts.)

The song is title Ju-Ju:

(Juju or juju (French: joujou, lit. ‘plaything’) is a spiritual belief system incorporating objects, such as amulets, and spells used in religious practice, as part of witchcraft in West Africa. The term has been applied to traditional African religions.)

Benin (also known as the slave coast) is the birthplace of Voodoo/Voudon, which is why this video was shot in New Orleans. The direct correlation between Benin and New Orleans via the slave trade in the 18th century. Which explains why the spiritual practice Voodoo/Voudon was transferred over from the motherland with the slaves brought over.

Shirazee chose New Orleans to shoot this video as a homage to his African culture. With the folk costuming/wardrobe and sexy upbeat African like dance choreography. The “Ju Ju” video is eye catchy from SAINt JHN’s silk shirt chest scenes to Shirazee’s high-fashion wardrobe. Shirazee was born in the Benin and went to primary school in Ghana. He traveled from the South Africa, UK, and Paris before landing in Atlanta. Shirazee defied the odds and landed a his publishing deal and quickly planted his feet and amassed a nice authentic sound from in front and behind the mic plus SAINt JHN having Guyanese roots, makes him the perfect one two punch to compliment Shirazee on this track.

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