After making his mark as one-third of Major Lazer, Walshy Fire is continuing to stretch his musical limits with a new venture that is the closest to home. The Jamaican-born producer and DJ is fusing his love for dancehall, reggae and afrobeat on his debut solo album, Abeng. Fire’s video for his latest single “Call Me” — premiering exclusively on Billboard today (June 5) — is the ultimate reflection of that blend.
Fueled by a nearly all-female crew (including director Jocelyn Cooper and choreographer Danielle King), the visual keeps things simple enough to let the summer-ready tune and its stars shine. Nigerian afrobeat star begins to woo the ladies in with his flirty hook, while dancehall singer Kranium offically locks them in with his sultry vocals. The video is intercut with female dancers inside colorblocked montages that signify the colors of both the Ghanian and Rastafarian flags.
“This is basically a song for the ladies. It took me about three years to put it together. Of the songs on the album, I’m most proud of this one,” Walshy Fire tells Billboard. “The chemistry of the two artists was amazing. They really killed it and were passionate about the song. Both put in so much work to make sure it was right. Shout out to E. Kelly on the production.”
“I think this is going to be one of the biggest songs I’ve ever done. We had so much fun on the video shoot. I haven’t seen a video connect to a song [lyrically] in such a way in a long time and I’m extremely proud of how it came out,” he adds.
“Call Me” is the fifth and final single from Abeng, which is out June 7 via Mad Decent. It follows previous tunes like “No Negative Vibes” featuring Alkaline and Runtown, and “Round of Applause” with Ice Prince and Demarco.
Check out the new video below.