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Kalakuta Museum Honors Fela Kuti

Architect Theo Lawson converted Fela house into a legitimate Fela museum.


We recently celebrated what would have been Fela's 74th birthday with an original Thom Lessner designed tee — and I’m about to spend my rent money on the Ginger Baker compiled vinyl box set that came out last week — but architect Theo Lawson just one-upped all of us by converting Fela’s old house into a legitimate museum of the afrobeat legend. The government-subsidized project isn’t just about revering Kuti’s life however, it’s also about enjoyment. The building will double as a small hotel with a bar and stage since, as Lawson tells it, "we didn't want a museum that closes at night and the life source leaves the building.” The interior is full of African art installations and Kuti memorabilia — such as a wall displaying some of his extensive shoe collection. Kuti’s bedroom, in particular, has been largely maintained in the state he left it at the time of his death in 1997.

The museum opened this past Monday with Kuti’s sons Femi and Seun in attendance. "This [museum] is a chance for everyone to see for themselves, not follow the myths that being in Fela's house meant you're a hooligan, or a prostitute or all we do is smoke weed," Seun told Reuters in an interview before the opening. "I grew up here. This house was a house of education."

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B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

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Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

South African rapper Nasty C just released the visuals to "Allow," his collaboration with French Montana. The song is featured on Bad Hair Extensions, the re-release of Bad Hair, the Durban-born rapper's debut album.

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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