Hear The Sounds of 'Tech Afrique' In This Subway Video From Eli Fola

Nigerian-born New Yorker Eli Fola fuses experimental jazz with house and techno in the video for "Evolve (The Introduction)"

Eli Fola via the artist's website.

Eli Fola, a Nigerian born and Crown Heights-based vocalist, saxophonist, DJ and producer is transmitting his unique saxophone-drenched electronic sounds from NYC’s underbelly—the subway.

The clip for "Evolve (The Introduction)," produced by Fola, was released today. The video was shot and edited by his younger brother Emmanuel Afolabi and chronicles Fola as he plays his way through Central Park and the New York Public Library by Bryant Park. The video also splices in footage of Fola’s subway performances from this past summer.

When asked about the experience DJing in NYC subway stations Fola tells Okayafrica, “I’ve never seen someone do that, so I decided that I can be the first person to try it, and it really went great, the people loved it.”

Fola has an upcoming EP, tentatively and appropriately titled The Platform, in the works. The project’s sound direction, inspired by his subway performances, fuses experimental jazz with house and techno, an eclectic but rewarding marriage of genres that Fola calls 'Tech Afrique,' the same name of his newly launched label. The Platform EP will be fully produced by Fola and is scheduled to drop on March 18.

He plans to continue his subway residency this February. He will showcase his material throughout the month at the 8th Ave 14th Street A/C/E/L stop on Fridays at 3p.m. Be sure to catch him there.

Peep the dope jazzy electronic sounds in the beautifully-shot clip for "Evolve (The Introduction)" below.

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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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