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The Black British Experience Is a Dream & Nightmare in This Must-Watch Music Video From Brother Portrait

Sierra Leonean Black British artist Brother Portrait explores the duality of migrant identity in "Seeview/Rearview."

Brother Portrait is a Sierra Leonean Black British artist releasing music that blends spoken word poetry and hip-hop under his solo moniker and with his Black/Other group.


His latest music video, which features two of his songs “Seeview” and “Rearview,” explores the duality of migrant identity through two narratives: dream and nightmare.

The clip starts off in a beautiful and breezy loft, in which Brother Portrait sips tea and enjoy a meal with friends and family, before things quickly shatter into a maniacal warehouse scenario drained of all color.

Still from "Seeview/Rearview," directed by Nadira Amrani.

“For me both songs have the sense of a head rocking back and forth from the past to present. They look at a couple of memories, photographs, and the feelings evoked from them—good, bad and uncertain,” Brother Portrait tells Okayafrica.

The video was directed by emerging Algerian photographer and filmmaker Nadira Amrani, a visual artist “interested in the migrant memory and new generation of Africa,” she mentions. Amrani's also a founder of POC (People Of Colours), a creative collective interested in promoting diversity within the film industry.

“After meeting Brother Portrait in spoken word circles in South London last year, I was hugely inspired by the lyrics in his work and really related to his experience,” Amrani mentions to Okayafrica. “The film really looks at this idea of cultural limbo and understanding self dual identity.”

Still from "Seeview/Rearview," directed by Nadira Amrani.

“Particularly in London, I’m interested in the idea of migrant memories and surreal dreams in collaboration with spoken word. As a British Algerian artist I always felt that I needed to communicate between two separate worlds. As an image translator and time traveling storyteller, I like to incorporate social and cultural references in my work to tell a story based on real experience... From familiar family moments and rituals, to a burning book, I’m very much interested in the blending the composition of classical paintings with the realness of the contemporary cultural experience," Amrani adds.

“Seeview” and “Rearview” will feature on Brother Portrait’s debut mixtape navigate in:limbo, which is due before the end of the year.

Keep up with Brother Portrait on Souncloud/Instagram/Facebook and Nadira Amrani on Twitter/Instagram.

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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