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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Will Be Back in New York in 2017

Europe’s leading contemporary African art fair will return to New York City for a third time in May 2017. The organizers of 1:54 have revealed their plans to bring the fair back to Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn from Friday, May 5th, through Sunday, May 7th, 2017.


Curator Koyo Kouoh of the Dakar-based RAW Material Company will once again organize the fair’s education program, 1:54 FORUM.

“Both our New York and London editions of the fair in 2016 were overwhelmingly successful, and we could not be more excited to be returning to Pioneer Works for a third US edition,” 1:54’s Founding Director, Touria El Glaoui, said in a statement. “We look forward to sharing more information about artists and galleries participating in the 2017 edition early next year.”

Stay tuned for more news on 1:54 NY in the coming months and read our interviews with Phoebe Boswell and Fab 5 Freddy from the 2016 edition.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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