New sounds from the cave!
It is no news that The Cavemen, comprising brothers Benjamin and Kingsley Okorie, are highlife’s new superstars. Once the most famous genre in Sub-Saharan Africa, its popularity took a nosedive in the late 1980s. However, with the release of their critically acclaimed album Roots in August 2020, the siblings have succeeded at putting highlife on the map again.
This mission to resurrect highlife continues with the release of the visuals for “Selense”, their second single since their debut project. Set in 1976 and affectionately parodying the aesthetics and structure of those times (including a parody of the national news service NTA), the video adequately conveys the theme of love and headiness while taking us on a trip down memory lane. Nostalgia is not all the colourful video brings, however, as the tail-end shows modern scenes as well, with one of the models viewing the musicians on Instagram. This detail is symbolic of the duo’s intention to marry classic highlife with modern sounds and themes.