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NYC: 'After the Barbarians' Exhibit by Anton Kannemeyer


After the Barbarians, an exhibit by controversial South African artist Anton Kannemeyer, opened this week at the Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC. The title of the exhibit is a play on the famous novel by J.M. Coetzee called Waiting for the Barbarians. Whereas Coetzee's "barbarians" refer to the native peoples, Kannemeyer refers to the barbaric behavior of Western societies and those that colonize - as is suggested in the work above. The dark satire in Kannemeyer's work has been perceived as racist, but he uses the discomfort created by his art to explore the difficult questions of racial and sexual identity and their relation to power structures in post-apartheid South Africa, and other post-colonial societies. That said, is it wrong that we're most excited about the two large paintings of the rap group Die Antwoord's Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Ninja featured in the exhibit?

The exhibit is on display now through Nov. 17, click here for more information.

This Is the Best Music Video You'll See All Month

Cherrie boosts up Somalia & Mogadishu in her music video for "163 För Evigt," featuring Z.E.

Cherrie is a buzzing Somali-Swedish singer whose music we've previously premiered and featured in a Songs By Somali Singers & Rappers You Should Listen to This Summer.

The R&B artist recently dropped the amazing video for "163 För Evigt" ("163 Forever") and, despite her singing in Swedish, the track's been blowing up online across both sides of the Atlantic, being posted in several Instagrams, Tweets and everything in between.

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DJ Spinall's New Album Is A Star-Packed Afrobeats Party

DJ Spinall assembles afrobeats' biggest names for his new album, 'Dreams.'

For his third album, Dreams, DJ Spinall assembles some of afrobeats' biggest names.

The first track features Niniola, who's made house music her mainstay, keeping her fashionably out of step with whatever is on-trend. "Thinking About Your Love" might be reminiscent of Kenny Thomas' 1991 song of the same title, but save for this phrase and accompanying melody, the song is very much Niniola's particular way of grafting Yoruba and Nigerian English onto South African house.

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Photo courtesy of Art X Lagos.

Art X Lagos: West Africa's International Art Fair Returns Bigger and Bolder

We catch up with Art X Lagos founder Tokini Peterside on what to look forward to as West Africa's international art fair returns November 3.

One of West Africa's largest art fairs, Art X Lagos, is back for its second installment with bigger and bolder offerings. The three day event running from November 3 to 5 will showcase contemporary African art from 15 countries and feature 14 galleries representing African artists on the continent and the diaspora.

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