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This South African Queer Love Video Will Make Your Day

Andy Mkosi's latest video is about not boxing queer intimacy according to heterosexual norms.

Last year, the Cape Town-based rapper Andy Mkosi released a 2-track EP called NdineFeelings, which was about love and relationships. Today, we're premiering the music video to “Set It Off,” that EP’s opening song.


The song’s visuals are steamy—the rapper gets intimate with Sandile Ndelu, who she admits is her real-life crush.

Mkosi says the song came about as a result of her curiosities about her as a tomboy getting it on with another tomboy. “As a tomboy who dates feminine womxn,” says Mkosi. “I have always wondered about the sexual intimacies of queer relationships. I wonder about how much I, a queer individual, box myself when it comes to sexual intimacy. How open am I to being with another tomboy? Are homosexual relationships dictated by the norms or rules of heterosexual ones? Is it a matter of preference?”

The rapper says she wanted to be depicted naked and be vulnerable in her body and embrace it in her video. “I also wanted to explore queer intimacies. I chose to star with Sandile Ndelu, who identifies as a transgender womxn,” she says.

The video was directed by Meghan Daniels, who also did the cinematography, and was edited by Yoza Mnyanda.

Watch the music for “Set It Off” below, and revisit our interview with Andy Mkosi about combining her photography with her music, here.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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