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Afripedia Exclusives: Kenya's Afrofuturist Scene

'Afripedia,' Stocktown Film's 5-part documentary series on African creatives, share exclusive photos from Kenya's afrofuturist scene.

All photos are Copyright of Stocktown Films


Photos by Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft & Senay Berhe

Afripedia [af-ri-pee-dee-uh] is a new platform and forum for African creatives from Swedish production collective Stocktown. When we first reported on the project back in October, Afripedia had recently launched its first venture, a five-part mini documentary series that aired on Swedish Television (SVT Kunskapskanalen). Shot in Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa, each episode dedicates itself to shedding light on work from a group of creatives within each of those countries. The team is currently producing one more episode in North Africa and has plans to release a full-length documentary in 2016. The first five episodes of the series will be available to watch online in 2015. Until then, the folks at Stocktown have given us a special behind-the-scenes look at Afripedia, which we've been rolling out all week.

So far we've seen photos from Angola, Senegal + Côte d'Ivoire, and Ghana. Today Stocktown shares a closer look at their time in Kenya, where the team linked with 3D animator Andrew Kaggia, whose 2011 sci-fi political short Wageuzi (meaning "transformers") squared Kenyan politicians off in a battle for the presidential throne, futuristic-afro-indie-funk heavyweights (and longtime Okayafrica favorites) Just A Band, ultra-resourceful visual artist Cyrus Kabiru, who makes "boobs"-inspired glasses out of found materials, African Digital Art's Barbara Muriungi and more. See behind-the-scenes shots from Kenya's afrofuturist scene above, and check back tomorrow for photos from South Africa.

>>>Afripedia Exclusives: Angola's Kuduro Scene

>>>Afripedia Exclusives: Senegal & Côte d'Ivoire

>>>Afripedia Exclusives: Ghana

>>>Afripedia Exclusives: Kenya's Afrofuturist Scene

>>>Afripedia Exclusives: South Africa

Follow Afripedia online here and also on Instagram and Facebook.

Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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