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'Abidjan In Motion' Captures Côte d’Ivoire's Capital In Beautiful Time-Lapse

Beninese photographer Mayeul Akpovi captures "Abidjan In Motion" in an amazing new time-lapse video.


Beninese photographer Mayeul Akpovi uses artfully crafted time-lapse and hyper-lapse videos to showcase the architecture and landscapes of cities around the world. Akpovi created his first videos after moving to France, where he collected shots of Besançon and Paris to share with his family back in his hometown of Cotonou, Benin.

In his newest clip, Abidjan In Motion, the artist uses his unique videography technique –one that required 15 days of shooting, another 15 days of editing and the piecing together of 45,000 still photographs –to showcase the splendor of Francophone West Africa’s largest metropolis. The 3-minute clip gives viewers a speedy yet detailed digital tour of Côte d’Ivoire’s vibrant capital –from its bustling freeways and restaurants to the newly redesigned Hotel Ivoire.

Akpovi aims to challenge tired misconceptions of African cities with his creations. “I decided to make this project using African cities because during my stay in France, I realized that the West does not know Africa," he explained in an email to Okayafrica. "I had the opportunity to show people the Africa that they’ve never seen in the media.”

Explore Abidjan In Motion above and check out some photos from the making of the video below via Mayeul Akpovi's instagram.

#awesome #place. waiting for #sunset. #sofitel #hotelivoire #abidjan #abidjaninmotion by #mayeulakpovi #CotedIvoire #africa

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#abidjan #CotedIvoire #hyperlapse 2016. #timelapse #africa #abidjaninmotion by #mayeulakpovi #comingsoon

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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