Nigerian multi-platform musician, DJ Cuppy has released “Jollof on the Jet” the lead single off her debut album ‘Original Copy.’
The track features fellow African artists, Rema and Rayvanny, the DJ believes that this track will resonate deeply with the South African audience, an audience close to her heart.
“I love South Africa,” the pink-haired muso who was named in May, as the official host for ‘Africa Now Radio with Cuppy’ a new show on Apple Music, said.
“Every January for the past five years I’ve spent time in Cape Town and all the visuals for the album were captured there.”
While Cuppy has produced and released other compilations since then (including The ‘House of Cuppy’ and ‘The House of Cuppy II’), she views ‘Original Copy’ as her debut musical album.
“I honestly haven’t had the courage to put out any music since my last single ‘Gelato’ in 2019.”
The album sees Cuppy take the vocal reigns on themes that range from independence to love lost and African pride, over a pop-meets-afrobeat sonic bed that she calls: “neo-afrobeats”.
In that vein, ‘Jollof on the Jet’ symbolizes the duality between being a jet-setting international artist and her African roots.
“I really wanted this to be something lighthearted to uplift people,” Cuppy explained of the single. “My personality is bubbly and I wanted that to come through and not hit them with too much depth,” she said.
“At the same time, I wanted this track to be a chance to really represent the continent.”Cuppy is highly proud of her African heritage and this is reflected in the unusual name of the track.
“We connect through food in Africa and Jollof rice is such an important part of our culture in Nigeria,” she said.