Arts + Culture

Gallery: Jon Daniel's 'Afro Supa Sistas'

Jon Daniel's 'Afro Supa Sistas' series celebrates pop cultural heroines of African descent from Erykah Badu to Grace Jones.

Earlier this year London-based African Caribbean creative Jon Daniel opened up a collection of comic memorabilia in his Afro Supa Heroes exhibit. In the series, which was previously on display at London's V&A Museum of Childhood, Daniel celebrates his childhood heroes and heroines throughout the diaspora as a personal collection of 1970s and 80s African Diaspora action figures. In conjunction with Afro Supa Hero, Daniel also designed a series of Afro Super Sistas– cartoon images celebrating pop culture heroines and musical icons of African descent the likes of Lupita Nyong'o, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Grace Jones, Jill Scott, and more. Peep a look at the Afro Supa Sistas above and look out for more tour dates for Jon Daniel's Afro Supa Heroes.


This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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