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Boddhi Satva & James Germain's 'An Nou Ale' Is A Beautiful Pan-African Dance

Watch our premiere of the video for the Haitian and Senegal-influenced single "An Nou Ale."

Last December, Boddhi Satva took a trip to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti were he connected with some of the island's artists. One of those artists he worked with was singer James Germain, known as the creator of Kreol Mandingue.

The result of the artists' collaboration is "An Nou Ale" (Haitian creole for "Let's Go" or "Let's Go Together"), which sees the Central African Republic producer and Haitian singer link up with kora master N'Faly Kouyate.


Boddhi Satva describes the song as "a tribute to the Divine feminine Energy living within us all and being the necessary glue to Unity between Black and Brown people around the globe. A necessary Energy to also keep together the spirit of pan-Africanism."

We're now premiering the music video for the track, which was shot and directed by Gilles Geekk in Brussels with art direction from Najwa Borro. The hypnotizing music video follows four dancers as they swerve their way across a beautiful home.

"The video is a true tribute to African traditions including special symbolic pieces of African history never before used in a music video," Boddhi mentions to OkayAfrica. "The Dance Spoons of the Dan people (from the Ivory Coast) and Belly masks (of the Makonde people of Tanzania). All pieces carefully chosen by Borro to emphasize the importance of the divine feminine energy and how it connects both woman and man spiritually."

Watch the music video for "An Nou Ale" below.






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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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