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Audio: Tony Allen x Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra 'Meus Filhos Afrobeat Rework'

Listen to a new Brazilian x Afrobeat collaboration between Tony Allen and Brazil's Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra, a cover of Jorge Ben's 'Meus Filhos'


Last summer, as afrobeat pioneer/drummer to Fela for over a decade Tony Allen brought his band on a tour of Brazil, one of those rare-but-awesome organic musical collaborations emerged as a cover of Jorge Ben's Brazilian funk/samba classic "Meus Filhos" with Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra featuring BNegao, now available through Comet Records on 10" record. "Meus Filhos" — which translates to 'my children' in Portuguese — is intended to celebrate the cultural lineage of African music in Brazil, and certainly does that legacy justice with its afrobeat rework of the original. While the new track is highly enjoyable in its own right, the ease of translation from one genre to the next should come as no surprise — Brazilian music has long been rooted in the Afrobeat traditions of the home continent, and the South American country boasts the largest population of peoples of the African diaspora in the world. Listen to "Meus Filhos" below and purchase the 10" record via Comet.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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