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Philou Louzolo & The Alkebulan Project Premiere The Visuals For 'Beng Beng Beng'

Alkebulan Project artist Philou Louzolo shares the bright and vivid visuals for "Beng Beng Beng," featuring Elvira and Cool Joe.


The Alkebulan Project is formed by a group of young, African-rooted individuals that aim to create "the international voice for the modernized, wandering, global citizen who... conveys a mishmash of cultural inputs and influences from Africa." Featuring contributions by artists and writers from the likes of FOKN Bois, Akwasi, Delasi and project founder Rudy Asibey, the project will be releasing a series of four Alkebulan EPs and a book that compiles the  "untold stories of Africa and the African diaspora that ha[ve] been passed down from generation to generation," including folklore, anecdotes, travel diaries, interviews and fairytales.

"Beng Beng Beng" is a new music video from Alkebulan Project artist Philou Louzolo, a Netherlands-born house producer with Congolese, Nigerian and Sierra Leonean roots. The single repurposes a funk-indebted instrumental from Louzolo's Zolo Grooves EP, adding intricate rhymes and soothing vocals from Cool Joe and Elvira. Watch the bright and vivid music video for "Beng Beng Beng" below and get know more about the Alkebulan Project over at their website.

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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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