Culture

Here's What We Know About P-Square's Absurdly Messy Breakup

Naija afrobeats duo, P-Square, are currently entangled in a messy breakup.

What exactly is going on with P-Square—or should we say, the Nigerian twin duo formerly known as P-Square?

News of the seasoned afrobeat group's breakup spread yesterday, and the story has only gotten messier since.

The two brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye, broke up before in 2016, supposedly over a disagreement about the role of their manger—their elder brother, Jude, reports the Native. They were able to patch things up however, even releasing two new songs together earlier this year.

Sadly, the reconciliation was short lived, as Peter reportedly sent a termination letter yesterday requesting to part ways with his brother once again. According to Premium Times Nigeria, Peter claimed that his brother was being generally uncooperative about matters relating to the group, and had even gone as far as to slander his wife and children on social media. He called for a cancelation of  their upcoming U.S. tour.

In the letter, Peter raises very serious allegations as he describes feeling as though his brothers posed a threat to him and  his family's well-being. "Me and my wife have been getting life-threatening messages and I fear for my life and the life of my family," he stated. Remember Jude has threatened to kill me and shoot my wife in the presence of Paul and Mrs. Imoke," he said.

Today, a video has surfaced via Linda Ikeji's Blog, appearing to show the brothers engaged in a physical confrontation during a mediation session at their lawyer, Festus Keyamo's, office. No actual blows are captured on film, however. The brothers can be heard aggressively arguing back and forth, and threatening to beat one another.

Is it wrong that we secretly hope this is just an overblown publicity stunt? We'd hate for P-Square's relationship to have gone this sour. Besides it being a disappointment to their many fans, at the end of the day, they're family.

Watch the unsavory video below.

 

Arts + Culture

This Stunning Series of Self-Portraits Explores Love And The Concept of Letting Go

Cape Town photographer Meet The Internet shares a few images from her exhibition.

Cape Town photographer Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana, who is known online as "Meet The Internet," does not take the topic of love lightly. "Most of us rushed into it," she says, "and we started dating without understanding what love is."

Her latest photography series, Love Through My Eyes is, is a reflection on how people around her deal with love, from staying in toxic relationships because they fear being alone, to those who build walls around themselves in fear of heartbreak and are hence unlovable.

"We come from broken families," says Ngqoyiyana. "Some with no fathers at all, so we go out yearning to be loved by a man and pray for better experiences than what we see our mothers go through. We get our fair share of hurt, we watch people come to our lives, we share our bodies with them and when it's enough for them they leave. We even start understanding and forgiving the cycle."

This cycle is reflected in the photos. In most of them, the color red is prevalent, symbolic for love. And the main subject, which is the photographer herself, is elusive, hiding her face either with a mask or red ropes, which could symbolize the blinding effect of love and how it can suffocate you.

Ngqoyiyana wants the images to focus on both sides of love. "I like the concept of balloons," she says, "because from a young age it kinda teaches us the concept of holding on to something and letting go. Obviously letting go is never fun, hence we cried when we would see our balloons fly away."

Ngqoyiyana got into photography by taking behind the scenes photos in music video sets. Her first gig as a photographer was a matric ball, and she recently started directing music videos.

The photos for Love Through My Eyes took "roughly three weeks" to make, and are all self-portraits. A confessed shy person, for a long time Ngqoyiyana wasn't happy with her appearance. "I can be whoever I want to be with self-portraits, and I am not so conscious about the way I look," she says.

"When I started taking pictures I was at a stage in my life where I was depressed and anxious, because I didn't have a career, and with no tertiary education," says Ngqoyiyana. "I felt I was "wasting away," she says. "Self-portraits were more of an escape, or a 'pretend like I am doing more than I actually am.' But after seeing the reception on the Internet, I did more."

Love Through My Eyes ran for a day on the 10th of November in Observatory, Cape Town. As a result of the amazing reception, says Ngqoyiyana, more prints of her work are on the way.

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana


Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

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Blinky Bill 'Don't Worry.' Source: Youtube.

Watch Blinky Bill's New Video for 'Don't Worry'

The Nairobi producer releases the humorous visuals for his second single.

Blinky Bill dropped his long-awaited debut album, Everyone's Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales, last month and it's clearly been well received by fans in Kenya and all over the world.

His latest music video for the hard-hitting single "Don't Worry" was filmed in Detroit and directed by his usual collaborators Osborne Macharia, Andrew Mageto and Kevo Abbra.

Blinky prances around Detroit's Heidelberg Project—an outdoor art installation created to support the surrounding area's community—lighting up the vibe of this aggressive song.

"The song is called Don't Worry and I feel like the vibe we created with the visuals is in tune with the spirit of the song, which is just about staying in your lane and minding your business," the Kenyan artist mentions. "I like that it takes a song that is serious and aggressive and makes it a little more fun."

This video is an instant mood-lifter and definitely worth the view.

Watch Blinky Bill's new music video for "Don't Worry" below.

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Falana's New Music Video for 'Ride or Die' Is a Must-Watch

The Nigerian singer returns with her first single in 4 years in this Daniel Obasi-directed work of art.

Falana couldn't let the year wrap up without making a statement.

The Toronto-raised Nigerian singer recently dropped the music video "Ride or Die"—her first single in 4 years—directed by Daniel Obasi.

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