"Faya di Burn" by Gasha, featuring Magasco

This Track of the Week is a melancholic but melodic reflection on the social conditions in Cameroon.

Track of the Week "Faya di Burn" by Gasha is a rather sobering track, a far cry from her more upbeat releases. In "Faya di Burn" she reflects on the harsh social conditions in Cameroon. With the ever-talented vocalist Magasco at her side, this track is perfectly balanced, beginning with a sparse soundscape emulating the empty atmosphere of a hopeless struggle. As ever so slight guitars and keys add another delicate dimension to the verses, they carry just the right amount of anxious passion to this easy-listening melody. The dark and beautifully crafted video directed by Pazzo (who also produced the track) is the perfect backdrop, with it’s smoothly edited beauty in darkness setting the scene for an equally impressive work of art.

Yaounde-born singer, songwriter and recording artist Gah-Ndo “Gasha” Ashuembom Amabo makes dynamic music using combinations of Cameroonian Pidgin English and Afro-pop, drawing influence from the many artists that prompted her to make her own compositions at just 11 years old. Tracy Chapman, Sam Cook, Jason Mraz, Richard Bona, Coldplay, Eboa Lotin, Lauryn Hill and Kem have all contributed to fuelling her quest for the perfect sound, and now in her early 20s, she has found it. Recently releasing two new singles, including “I Notice” as well as work on a video for “The Date”, she has been nominated by the African Musik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) for best female artist of Central Africa and appeared at Strathmore in Maryland, taking the stage at Miss Africa USA. After a controversial move to Camer Music from Stevens Music Entertainment that caused quite a bit of drama all over the internet, Gasha has not let anything stand in the way of her leading the next level of unique and eclectic Cameroonian music. Her latest offering is a feature on a vigorous party hit with Gee Reign, entitled “Nkap”, which we hope is just the beginning of what’s to come for this smoky-voiced siren.